Suspect Charged in 1985 Slaying

1 decade 4 months 5 days ago Friday, August 10 2007 Aug 10, 2007 Friday, August 10, 2007 11:14:28 AM CDT August 10, 2007 in News
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SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Greene County prosecutors have filed murder charges in the 1985 killing of a Nixa woman. Gerald Carnahan is charged with forcible rape and first-degree murder in the beating death of 20-year-old Jackie Johns. Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore announced the charges during a news conference tonight. Police say Carnahan raped Johns and beat her to death in June 1985, then dumped her body in Lake Springfield. A grand jury indicted Carnahan in 1986 for tampering with physical evidence in connection with the case, but those charges were eventually dismissed. Prosecutors are asking that Moore be held without bail, on the grounds that he spends several months a year in China.

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