Police in Rochester, New York, confirmed a man’s conviction in the rape and murder of 14-year-old Wendy Lynn Jerome in 1984, on Friday. The perpetrator has been named as Timothy Williams, 56. Authorities are saying they have been able to trace him down using family DNA.
Wendy’s mother, Marlene Jerome, joined police to report the arrest at a news conference.
“Marelene, I’m sorry it’s been too long but we’ve done it,” Captain Frank Umbrino of Rochester Police told her.
Wendy Jerome was attacked about a quarter of a mile from her house, according to WHEC’s investigators. Her throat was slit, and she was tortured to death, according to police. They claimed they had the suspect’s DNA from the panties of the victim but it did not contribute to anybody initially.
Authorities said they knew that the perpetrator was a Black male, but they could not compare DNA results in the Combined DNA Index List of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In April 2019, cops sent the full profile of this DNA to the state crime lab in an attempt to see if maybe any suspects in their database were linked to the murderer.
“She was the second on the list sent for the State of New York,” Marlene Jerome said last year.
The long and short it’s that this action contributed to Williams according to investigators. The defendant was 20 years old at the time of the murder, and lived in Jerome’s neighborhood; he moved to Florida soon afterward, Umbrino said.
Williams has been a “couple” of occasions in the years since in Rochester and Florida, Police Captain said. Umbrino said he didn’t know the victim, nor did the victim or her relatives know him.
Records viewed by Law&Crime reveal that Williams is an out of state inmate in the Brevard County Jail in Florida.
An extradition request was filed on Thursday. He has no known solicitor. A hearing is scheduled to take place on 25 September.