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Man found guilty in 1998 murder of Indianapolis woman

Posted at 5:55 PM, Apr 04, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS—Jurors in Indianapolis have found a man guilty in the 1998 murder and rape of a woman at a home on the city's northeast side.

In 2015, Johnny Jones was identified through DNA evidence as a suspect in the death of Kenya Edwards.

In November of 1998, Edwards' partially-burned body was found in a house near East 38th Street and North Tacoma Avenue.

The Marion County Prosecutor said Edwards was tied up with electrical cord and died of smoke inhalation and burns.

In 2009, cold case specialists reviewed the case and submitted DNA evidence from the Edwards autopsy to a national data bank.

In 2015, a DNA match was made linking Jones to the crime.

He was already in prison in 2015 on a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon.

Jones will be sentenced April 26.