Courts & Crime

DNA links Texas inmate to killing of woman who died in 2002

FORT WORTH — A 29-year-old prison inmate has been linked through DNA evidence to the slaying of a Fort Worth woman found dead in a field by churchgoers as they left a Sunday service seven years ago.

Johnny Green Jr., who was due to be released from prison in March 2013 on a conviction for injury to a child, now faces a murder charge in connection with the slaying of Carolyn Yvonne Ray Roberson, 44, homicide Sgt. J.D. Thornton said.

Members of Sweet Home Baptist Church found Roberson’s body July 7, 2002, in a vacant field across the street from the church in the 5200 block of Ramey Avenue.

Roberson’s body was naked from the waist down, leading investigators to suspect sexual assault.

A bloodied brick that had been used to beat her was found not far from her body. An autopsy found that she’d been suffocated.

Green was first linked to the crime in February through CODIS, the Combined DNA Index System, which compares DNA profiles of convicted offenders with evidence from unsolved crimes.

On Thursday, after additional DNA comparisons confirmed the link, cold case Detective Jose Hernandez handed the case over to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, seeking a murder charge against Green.

Although Green was not identified as a suspect in Roberson’s death until this year, court records show that he was the focus of other sexual crimes around that time.

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