DNA Links Felon to Slaying of Dallas Woman, 97

Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011  |  Updated 2:00 PM CDT
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DNA Links Felon to Slaying of Dallas Woman, 97

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Missing a few is ok. 50,000? Not so much.

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Police say an inmate's DNA has linked him to the December 2009 slaying of a 97-year-old Dallas woman.

A story last week by The Dallas Morning News about the unsolved beating and strangling of Inez Skelton led to a capital murder warrant for 30-year-old Jorge Ypina. He apparently lived near her.

Dallas police say the attacker ate chicken at Skelton's house. A bone yielded DNA.

Ypina's DNA was not in a national database at the time of the slaying. He was later convicted burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and is serving 10 years.

After the story was published, a Texas Ranger investigating attacks on elderly women contacted police, who ran the Skelton case DNA evidence through the database again.

Electronic prison records had no listing of an attorney for Ypina.

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