TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A Vigo County man is on trial for murder for the second time this year.
Richard Boswell is charged with murder in the strangulation death of Kathy Jo Baker near Riley back in 1979. Boswell was arrested in 2010, after investigators discovered new DNA evidence they said linked Boswell to the murder.
In January, Boswell went on trial for Baker's murder. Prosecutors argued that they had found a small sample of Boswell's DNA on Baker's shirt and that neighbors had seen a car similar to Boswell's near Baker's home. Boswell's defense argued that evidence in the case had not been properly handled in 1979.
The January trial ended when a prosecution witness, who had been in prison with Boswell years before, made reference to Boswell's first conviction on rape charges. Defense attorneys asked for a mistrial and the judge declared one.
Opening statements in Boswell's new trial began late Monday and testimony in the case continued Tuesday morning.
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