City man linked by DNA to killing of woman in 1988

December 24, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 34-year-old jail inmate has been charged in the rape and murder of a 39-year-old woman in Baltimore more than 15 years ago after a DNA hit in a state database, police said yesterday.

Corey D. Jones, who was being held at the city detention center on allegations of violating the terms of his release in a 1990 rape and robbery conviction, was charged with first-degree murder Monday in the death of Barbara E. Womble, police said yesterday.

Womble of the 1600 block of Moreland Ave. was found raped and fatally stabbed behind a school Oct. 1, 1988, in the 3800 block of Greenspring Ave., said Sgt. Roger Nolan of the city police force's cold-case unit.

At the time, detectives were unable to locate witnesses or suspects, Nolan said.

Last year, cold-case detectives submitted evidence from the crime scene to the city crime lab to be analyzed. DNA collected from the evidence was then submitted to a state database of felons for comparison, Nolan said.

Last month, the database alerted detectives to a potential link between DNA collected from the crime scene and Jones, Nolan said. Further DNA tests confirmed the link, and police charged Jones on Monday with first-degree murder, Nolan said.

Jones pleaded guilty to rape and robbery with a deadly weapon in 1991 and was sentenced to 14 years in prison, according to court records.

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