The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Blood splatter evidence from the scene of a
church burglary last year have tied a Kansas City man to the brutal
slaying of his aunt over about $14 nearly 16 years ago.
Claudia E. Walker, 58, was killed in her home on April 3, 1988,
stabbed 53 times and strangled. On Thursday, Jackson County
prosecutors charged her nephew, Jerloin C. Weaver, 34, with
first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Weaver became a suspect in the case in October, when DNA from blood
found at one of the series of church burglaries was matched to DNA
from the the old homicide case. Last year Weaver told police that he
and two other men took part in the burglary. Detective Rob Blehm said
the DNA did not match the other two men, but was not tested against
But after the DNA was linked to the Walker killing, police obtained a
search warrant to get a sample of Weaver's DNA, and tests completed
Wednesday showed a match with that in the homicide.
Police arrested Weaver Wednesday night and questioned him, and he was
being being held on bond Thursday night.
According to court records, Weaver is accused of going to his aunt's
house to ask her for money, and that after she caught him trying to
take cash from her purse, he punched her, knocked her to the ground,
and stabbed her several times with a kitchen knife until he thought
she was dead.
But as he was rifling through her purse, she stood up and asked him,
"Why? Why? Why?"
It's alleged that Weaver then stabbed Walker repeatedly with a second
knife before strangling her with his hands. He's accused of taking
about $14 from Walker's purse and fleeing, returning later to get a
television and stereo which were traded for crack cocaine at a drug
"This was an extremely brutal crime," said Rehm. "This woman was
fighting for her life."
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Weaver was never charged in the series of dozens of church burglaries
because he helped implicate the other two men.