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DNA Solves Very Old Murder

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DNA Evidence Helps Solve 27-Year-Old Murder Case

DNA evidence has allowed investigators with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department to solve a 27-year-old murder case.

Authorities say DNA evidence gathered from the victim's clothing and from beneath her fingernails was the key to determining the identity of the man who killed 11-year-old Cynthia Waxman of Moraga nearly three decades ago.

The DNA matched that of Charles "Junior" Jackson, who died of heart disease in Folsom prison three years ago. Jackson was serving a life term for the 1982 slaying of San Francisco City College biology professor Joan Stewart.

The revelation that Jackson killed the girl was something of a surprise to both detectives and the child's family. Convicted serial killer Phillip Hughes was considered the most likely suspect in the murder. He is currently serving three life sentences for murdering three young women in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

In addition to the murders of Waxman and Stewart, DNA evidence has linked Jackson to the murders of six other East Bay residents killed between 1975 and 1982.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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