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Isanti man charged in 1993 fatal stabbing in Minneapolis

February 15, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Isanti businessman is charged in the 1993 stabbing death of a Minneapolis woman after investigators recently collected DNA evidence from a napkin he discarded at a hockey game.

Fifty-two-year-old Jerry Westrom is accused of stabbing 35-year-old Jeanne Ann Childs dozens of times in a Minneapolis apartment that prosecutors say she used for prostitution.

The FBI ran DNA evidence collected from the murder scene through a genealogy website in 2018 and came up with Westrom as a possible suspect.

The Star Tribune reports investigators trailed Westrom to a hockey game in January in hopes of collecting a DNA sample and secretly confiscated a napkin Westrom had used and tossed in the trash.

Westrom is jailed in Hennepin County on $1 million bail and is scheduled for a court appearance Friday. His attorney, Steve Meshbesher, had no immediate comment.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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