Man found guilty in cold case murder

Gerald Austin

A murder case dating back nearly 25 years has finally come to close.

On Wednesday, Gerald Austin was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 81-year-old Edith Skinner.

In July 1989, Skinner was found strangled to death in her Waikiki apartment.

Austin was arrested in Jan. 2012 when DNA evidence linked him to the murder scene.

His defense claimed Austin had a relationship with Skinner, but did not murder her.

“From my perspective, it was completely expected, but nonetheless reprehensible what it suggested, that an 81-year-old woman wanted to have a consensual encounter with a 29-year-old stranger,” prosecuting attorney Scott Bell said.

Prosecutors are now seeking a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for Austin.

Related story: Man goes on trial for 1989 murder

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