Fingerprints on Lego blocks owned by killer’s kid help crack 23-year-old Utah case

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Date: August 29th, 2014

legoUtah – Toys left by a killer’s 5-year-old son and DNA evidence have helped solve a 23-year-old murder mystery in suburban Utah.

Lucille Johnson, a 78-year-old grandmother, was strangled and beaten to death inside her mobile home in 1991. Her killing went without justice until investigators with Salt Lake City’s Unified Police Department recently reopened the cold case.

Tissue samples from underneath Johnson’s fingernails were sent for DNA testing, which wasn’t available at the time of her killing. Lego building blocks found strewn around Johnson’s living room were retested for fingerprints.

The DNA testing identified John Sansing, 47, who is already in an Arizona prison for a similar murder, authorities said, KUCW-TV reported Thursday.  More

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