Man convicted in cold case murder

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2010

KENAI - A Kenai jury has convicted a Fairbanks man for a murder committed in 1982.

The jury's verdict against 56-year-old Jimmy Eacker was announced Thursday.

Eacker was charged in the death of Toni Lister, who was 29 when authorities found her body on April 17, 1982, in the woods near the Seward city dump.

Officials said Lister had been sexually assaulted and stabbed in the chest. Seward police investigated after Lister's husband reported her missing.

Eacker was identified early on as a suspect, but was never charged.

Officials said investigators began reviewing the case last year, re-examining physical evidence and again interviewing witnesses.

Lab results and physical evidence allegedly linked Eacker with the murder.



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