MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has convicted a man in the 1983 killing of a teenager in Minneapolis.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says 64-year-old Darrell Rea, of St. Louis Park, was found guilty of second-degree murder for the April 1983 death of 17-year-old Laurie Mesedahl. Freeman says Judge Tamara Garcia filed her verdict Wednesday and will follow up with written findings.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 3 Deaths, 882 New Cases Reported; 52% Of Minnesotans 16 And Older Are Fully Vaccinated
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Police believe Mesedahl was raped, strangled to unconsciousness, driven to a train yard and beaten to death. DNA technology was not available at the time.
Authorities say blood tested in 1993 from a 1988 assault matched Rea’s DNA profile, but the case was beyond the statute of limitations. In 2013 his DNA was matched to a semen sample taken from Mesedahl’s body. After ongoing investigation he was charged in 2017.MORE NEWS: 'Absolutely Check Your Policies': Breezy Point Couple Learns COVID's Effect On Insurance The Hard Way
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