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Man charged in 2007 rape, 2012 killing after DNA test

January 14, 2013 |  1:45 pm

A 35-year-old man was charged Monday with killing a 17-year-old girl, whose burning body was found in a South Los Angeles street in September, according to prosecutors.

Damond Williams, 35, also has been charged, in a 2007 case involving a woman, with rape, sodomy by force, forcible oral copulation and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, prosecutors said.

The body of the dead girl, identified as Terry W., was found on Grand Avenue, just north of 94th Street on Sept. 17. 

Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, said Williams was caught as a result of a DNA test.

Williams was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon. Prosecutors were recommending bail of $1.33 million. He faces a maximum prison term of life without parole.

It's unclear whether he was in custody at the time of his arrest.


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