AKRON, Ohio - DNA tests have linked a man fatally shot last summer to the killing of a 37-year-old woman nearly seven years ago, police said.
"If Bouchard Kindall was alive today, we would be arresting him on this case and charging him with the aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape of Rhonda Jones," detective James Pasheilich said.
Jones' body was found April 17, 1999, on the dining room floor of her Akron home. The killer beat her, wrapped duct tape around her neck and left a steak knife in her chest.
Detectives began re-examining her death last fall, using a federal grant for cold case investigations. DNA tests were performed on semen samples, the knife, the duct tape and a roll of tape left at the scene.
Kindall, 24, had DNA on file because of past criminal convictions.
He was not a suspect while he was alive, police said. Detectives later learned Jones was a friend of Kindall's mother, Pasheilich said.
Kindall's unsolved slaying in July outside an Akron bar is not related to Jones' death, police said.
An acquaintance of Jones previously was charged with murder and cleared.
Her father, Troy Jones, thanked detectives for their work. "Now this puts a close to this for us," he said.