A 45-year-old Chicago man was convicted in Skokie district court today of first degree murder in the death 24 years ago of a woman in her Evanston apartment.

Evanston police say the body of Deondre Dawson was found in her apartment in the 600 block of Sherman Avenue on April 23, 1992. She’d died of multiple stab wounds. Her four-year-old son was found in the apartment unharmed.

Evanston police detectives followed-up on numerous leads, but they were unable to identify an offender in the incident until in May 2013 they received results from evidence they’d resubmitted to the state police crime lab for advanced DNA analysis.

That led to the arrest of Jimmie Dunlap, who was linked to the crime by the DNA test results. 

Numerous family members of the victim, including her mother and son were present for the bench trial at which Cook County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Warnick found Dunlap guilty. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on May 24.

Evanston Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says collaborative efforts of  the department’s detectives, the state crime lab, the state Department of Corrections and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office helped bring the long-running investigation to a successful conclusion.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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