LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In a Tuesday morning news conference, Lubbock Police named a suspect in a more than 16-year-old cold case; a cold case that until now, not only have police wondered who did it, but also the victim's son and daughter. Hank Ivey and his sister Tangela have lived without knowing who killed their mother and why.
Officials say DNA evidence linked 35-year-old Kerry Don Williams of Levelland to the homicide of 44-year-old Charlotte Diane Ivey. On January 28th, 1994, around 4:15 a.m., Charlotte was found at the Lindsay Laundromat at 2314 34th Street, partially nude and stabbed to death. The mother of four had apparently been living at the Laundromat.
Hank says his mother was homeless and he was looking for her. "I was worried about her. I tried to get a hold of her about a week before she died but I couldn't find her." Investigators told Hank that Charlotte went into a nearby E-Z Mart before the attack. "She told the clerk she thought somebody was following her. I'm sure he followed her to the Laundromat."
Hank says he was sure that he would never know the answer to what exactly happened that night. "Well, I thought they would never find him because she was homeless the fact she was, I thought they would just tuck it away."
"My mom was something else," says Tangela Ivey, who was 17 when her mother was murdered. "It's been a burden and a constant unanswered question."
Officials say items of evidence were submitted in 1994, but the technology wasn't available for DNA testing. The evidence was then re-submitted in 2009. "In 2009, forensic evidence from this case was submitted to the Department of Public Safety laboratory, and a partial DNA profile was found," said Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department. "Further review of the case was conducted and items of physical evidence from the crime scene were submitted to the laboratory as well. In October 2010, a positive DNA match was made with a profile held in CODIS - the Combined DNA Index System."
Williams, who was 18 at the time of the murder, was arrested in 1998 for attempted aggravated sexual assault in Levelland and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was paroled in 2002, but was arrested again for aggravated sexual assault in 2004 and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He is currently in the Neal Unit in Potter County.
District Attorney Matt Powell says, "this is another great example of great Lubbock police work." Powell also believes that Ivey was an innocent victim. Authorities say that Williams and Ivey did not know each other and it appears that the killing was random.
Hank and Tangela says they are glad that he finally has closure on what happened to his mother.
This was one of 35 unsolved murders in Lubbock dating back in 1979. To see the full list, CLICK HERE.
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