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The police said two of the Ohio, and the cold-case murder of more than 44 years ago, it was the work of a 75-year-old convicted rapist who was tried last year in a 1991 cold case — a murder, and acquitted of all charges.
Karen Bentz, 18, and Loretta Jean Davis, 20, were abducted, sexually assaulted and stabbed more than a dozen times before their bodies were dumped on the side of the road in the 1970’s, FOX8 Cleveland reported.
On Monday, Gustave Sapharas pleaded not guilty to a Tallmadge, County judge, to an indictment charging him with two counts of murder, News 5 Cleveland, are reported. He was ordered held on $5 million bond.
WELL, COLD CASE INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY A BODY FOUND WITHOUT HEAD, HANDS AND HEART
In February 2018, with Sapharas was tried for murder in the death of 21-year-old Island Park, in 1991, and died in Licking County, Ohio. Authorities have linked Sapharas this case by a DNA match. Parker had been stabbed in the heart, the Associated Press reported.
Mugshot for Gustave Sapharas, 75.
The jury in this case, off Sapharas after his lawyer argued that the DNA evidence was Sapharas with Parker, who worked as a prostitute.
The AP quoted prosecutor-general, Bill Hayes said he respected the jury’s decision but believe Sapharas was guilty.
Bentz was killed in 1970, after having been tortured, FOX8 reported. Her body was found in Tallmadge.
Davis was killed in 1975, and her body was found in Portage County.
FORMER OHIO CHEERLEADER AND WAS SENTENCED TO PROBATION FOR ABUSE OF A CORPSE, AFTER HAVING BEEN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF THE KILLING OF A NEW-BORN BABY
“We don’t give up, and you do not have a murder,” Tallmadge police chief Ron Williams told the station, after Sapharas been served with the lawsuit Sept. 10.
Williams credited “a new technology, a new set of eyes, and it’s a great, great detective work” of cracking the case.
Sapharas spent time in prison for rape in the late 1970s, the station reported.
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Last week, he declined to be interviewed in prison, according to the Akron Beacon Journal, which reported on the Sapharas’ decades-long history of a fall of more than half-a-dozen other women.