On Sept. 13, a Minnesota man was charged with second-degree murder in a 1983 rape and murder case. He was charged for the crime in 2015 after DNA testing matched the DNA found at the scene to that of the convicted man.

In April 1983, officers were sent out to investigate a body that had been found near the Soo Line Railroad tracks at 28th Avenue North in the city of Minneapolis. The remains were identified as those belonging to a 17-year-old girl. Authorities reported that the girl had suffered severe trauma to the head and that fresh tire tracks on her body indicated that her body had been dragged to the tracks. An autopsy found that the girl suffered injuries that were consistent with strangulation and blunt force trauma.

The DNA evidence was found during an attempt to create profiles on potential suspects on certain cold cases. The DNA profiles matched the accused man. It appeared that the man was already known by authorities after DNA evidence connected him in 1993 to an assault case that had allegedly occurred in 1988.

Those who have been accused of committing murder could face severe, life-altering consequences in addition to fines and other punishments.However, the prosecution needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person intended to commit the murder in order to get him or her convicted on the charges. In some cases, a criminal law attorney could provide proof that the accused person was not involved at all in the killing. Otherwise, the attorney could provide a strong argument that the killing was accidental or that it occurred in self-defense.

Source: FOX 9, “DNA leads to charges in 1983 Minneapolis cold case rape, murder“, Sept. 13, 2017