ANCHORAGE - A man is on trial in what had long been a cold case involving the alleged rape and killing of a homeless woman six years ago.
Roger Wade McKinley appeared in court on Wednesday as attorneys gave opening statements regarding the death of Cynthia Henry, who was last seen alive on a surveillance tape leaving a bar in downtown Anchorage in September 2002.
Police found her the next day under the A Street Bridge. She had been stabbed four times in the back, and authorities said there was evidence she had been raped.
Keys to the case involved a bottle with a partial palm print in blood and an anonymous call to police telling them to investigate McKinley.
He had been living on and off the street and had a criminal record. Investigators took his palm print and checked it against a database of prints compiled in 2004, two years after Henry's death.
A prosecutor said McKinley, 36, stabbed Henry and assaulted her with the vodka bottle while she was still alive.
But defense attorney Paul Maslakowski told jurors the partial palm print was not enough prove murder beyond a reasonable doubt.
Juneau Empire ©2013. All Rights Reserved.