FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno County Superior Court jury has convicted a man of killing a teenager nearly three decades ago.
The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1drFq4M ) that 56-year-old Eddie Ricky Nealy was found guilty Wednesday of raping and murdering 14-year-old Jody Wolfe in August 1985. The jury must now decide whether Nealy will get the death penalty.
The teen's nude body was discovered floating face up in a canal a week after she had run away from home. An autopsy revealed she died of blunt-force trauma to the head.
DNA evidence from the semen found on the teen's body linked Nealy, who was 28 years old at the time, to the rape and killing.
Nealy denied the charges. His attorneys said he had consensual sex with the girl, but did not hurt her.
Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com
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