Double killer charged with 1966 murder

June 19, 2012 at 12:53 AM
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READING, England, June 19 (UPI) -- A man convicted in 1967 of killing two girls in an English village went on trial Monday, charged with the murder of a 17-year-old nanny in 1966.

A prosecutor in Reading Crown Court said David Burgess, 64, became a suspect in the strangling and stabbing of Yolande Waddington when he was arrested for the other killings, The Guardian reported. But investigators were unable to find enough evidence to charge him.

Burgess is alleged to have admitted the crime to guards at Durham Prison. He then taunted detectives who interviewed him, saying they would have to prove their case.

Waddington's naked body was found near a barn in the village of Beenham, Berkshire, two days after she was last seen buying cigarettes in the Six Bells pub. Police found a sweater with blood stains in the barn.

John Price, the prosecuting lawyer, said technology not available in 1967 has matched Burgess's DNA to a stain on a fertilizer bag in the barn.

"I estimate that the probability of obtaining this result if it is due to DNA from an unknown person who is unrelated to David Burgess is smaller than one in a billion, a thousand million," Price said.

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