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Lisa Joan Summers : DNA Solves 1989 Case-Indiana

Posted by Mja Inc Investigations on January 23, 2010 at 3:20 PM

1-23-10


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Indiana News


Police: DNA Links Man To Indy Teen's 1989 Death


http://www.theindyc hannel.com/ news/9884805/ detail.html


Suspect Had Reported Finding Body In Field, Authorities said..


POSTED: 11:32 am EDT September 19, 2006

UPDATED: 9:27 pm EDT September 19, 2006


INDIANAPOLIS -- A man who claimed to have found the body of an 18-year-old Indianapolis woman 17 years ago has been linked by DNA evidence to her killing,authorities said..


David Ashworth,46, was arrested Monday in Lakeland, Fla.,in connection with the 1989 strangling and rape of Lisa Joan Summers..


Ashworth has been charged with murder and is awaiting extradition to Indiana..


Police said Summers disappeared in June 1989 after finishing her shift at a Wendy's restaurant at 38th Street and Lafayette Road on Indianapolis' west side..


Four days later, Ashworth and another man told authorities he had found her body near 38th Street and Interstate 465, police said..


Authorities said someone had dragged Summers into a field and then raped and strangled her..


DNA found on Summers' clothing and saliva on a cigarette butt found near her body had been saved and was tested this year,along with a DNA sample taken from Ashworth in 1992.


Investigators said that test linked Ashworth to the crime..Ashworth's wife told police that he was home at the time of the killing,but she later recanted...

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Indiana News


Man Convicted In Indy Woman's 1989 Slaying


POSTED: 4:53 pm EDT March 26, 2008

UPDATED: 6:04 pm EDT March 26, 2008


INDIANAPOLIS -- A man who claimed to have found the body of an18-year-old Indianapolis woman nearly 19 years ago has been convicted of murdering her...


A jury late Wednesday afternoon found David Ashworth, 47, guilty of murder in the 1989 death of Lisa Joan Summers..


Police said Ashworth  was arrested in September 2006 in Lakeland, Fla.,after investigators determined DNA evidence linked him to Summers' strangling and rape...


Police said Summers disappeared in June 1989 after finishing her shift at a Wendy's restaurant at 38th Street and Lafayette Road on Indianapolis' west side..


Four days later, Ashworth told authorities hehad found her body near 38th Street and Interstate 465, police said..


DNA found on Summers' clothing and saliva on a cigarette butt found near her body had been saved and were tested in 2006, along with a DNA sample taken from Ashworth in 1992..


Investigators said that test linked Ashworth to the crime..


Ashworth's defense attorney T.R. Fox argued that Ashworth had cut his leg on a bike where Summers' body was found, and that Ashworth bled on Summers' clothing..


"When David tripped and fell on the bike and cut his leg, that would give rise to the blood being there,"


Fox told 6-News' Derrik Thomas before the verdict was announced..


A jury deliberated for about 50 minutes before reaching the verdict. A three-day trial preceded deliberations...

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