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Cold Case Solved: 38 Years After a Murder
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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

A 78-year-old Sarasota, Florida resident, Willie James Kimble, will stand trial next month in Rochester, New York, on charges that he bludgeoned to death a blind woman, 52-year-old Annie Mae Cray, in her Rochester home on October 29, 1972.  Kimble was arrested on January 11, 2010, by the Sarasota Police and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force. He was extradited last spring to Rochester, pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
 
The twice-convicted sexual predator reportedly left Rochester after learning that police had reopened the case. Kimble spent two decades in prison, including seven years for the attempted rape of a 6-year-old girl in July 1973 and 10 years for raping a 17-year-old girl in 1981.  In 2009, investigators obtained a DNA profile matching Kimble from a semen-stained blanket that had somehow survived an evidence-room overhaul in Rochester. After a lengthy search, Kimble was tracked down in his native Sarasota.
 
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