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A La Grange man extradited to Indiana after DNA evidence recently linked him to an elderly Indiana woman’s death in 1984 now faces a murder trial. Kevin Mark Weeks, 44, of La Grange, was formally charged with murder Jan. 31 for the death of Loretta Keith, an 89-year-old Terre Haute, Ind., woman bludgeoned to death April 18, 1984.
Weeks submitted a blood sample in December and traces of blood on a nylon stocking found at the crime scene nearly 24 years ago were recently matched to his DNA. Investigators believed at the time of Keith’s death that her attacker sustained cuts as he or she gained entry to the home by breaking through a glass door where blood was found nearby. A Vigo County judge set Week’s jury trial to begin July 7. He faces murder and robbery charges and is being held without bond at the Vigo County jail. A wrongly convicted man, David Scott, was released from prison Jan. 28 after serving nearly two decades for the crime. In a covertly recorded conversation in 1984, police said Scott, then 17, admitted he and another man, Paul Wycoff, were responsible for Keith’s death. Although blood on the nylon stocking did not match blood samples from Keith, Wycoff or Scott, a jury convicted Scott and he was sentenced to 50 years incarceration for Keith’s murder. Wycoff was never prosecuted.