After 36 years without answers, a man has been arrested for the 1985 murder of a 17-year-old college student.
And he was already in prison in another state.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief of Investigations T.K. Waters announced during a press conference on Aug. 19 that a grand jury indicted David Nelson Austin on a charge of first-degree murder in connection to the stabbing death of Leslie McCray.
Police said a stranger entered her apartment and tied up McCray and her boyfriend. McCray was last seen being taken against her will.
When McCray’s boyfriend freed himself, he called police and a search began. Hours later, she was found dead on Old Middleburg Road, News 4 reported.
In 2019, McCray’s family reached out to a Jacksonville-based group, "Project: Cold Case," and the JSO Cold Case Unit to request a reexamination of the evidence using new forensic technology, Waters said during the press conference.
Waters said DNA led investigators to Michigan, where Austin had been in prison since 1991, serving a life sentence for convictions in sexual assault cases there, according to News 4.
A warrant was issued for Austin, charging him with second-degree murder before he was indicted for the first-degree murder charge, Waters said during the press conference.
Austin is also charged with two counts of armed kidnapping and one count of armed sexual battery, News 4 reported.