Trial Begins for FL Man Accused in Cold Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A retired police officer says the husband of a blind homemaker bludgeoned to death in her bed nearly 40 years ago identified her attacker as the man now on trial for the slaying.

Ronnie Evans says Ezra Cray told police Willie James Kimble attacked him and his wife, 52-year-old Annie Mae Cray, at their
Rochester home in the early hours of Oct. 29, 1972.

The defense denies Kimble was the killer.

The trial of 78-year-old Willie James Kimble began with opening statements on Monday. He was tracked down in his native Sarasota,
Fla., after detectives used crime scene evidence to make a DNA match linking him to the slaying.

If Kimble is found guilty, it would be one of the nation's oldest cold-case murders to be solved through DNA evidence.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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