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California Man Arrested For Raping and Murdering a Woman, 81, Decades Ago

Updated On 05 May, 2019 Published On

A California man, namely Lenard Chester, 58, who classified a "sexually violent predator," has been arrested for raping and murdering of a woman, Leah Sarah Bullis, 81, decades ago.

Police told media on Thursday, May 2, that they arrested him in the December 1, 1980, murder of the 81-year-old in Oxnard through a DNA match.

Police found the woman near death when they responded to an assault to her home.

The 81-year-old gave authorities some information before she died in the ambulance while being taken to the hospital. She was beaten, raped and then murdered.

Oxnard police said, "It appeared as if someone entered Bullis' residence, attacked her."

The police said in a press conference in 2018 that the crime lab uploaded DNA of the woman to the FBI’s DNA database and it matched to a convicted offender's profile: he turned out to be Lenard.

Lenard spent decades in prison. He was previously sentenced in 1982 for sexually assaulting four women after breaking into their homes. He was released in 2008.

Lenard was remanded to the Ventura County Jail after his arrest. According to a report published by the Ventura County Star reported on Friday, he is expected to face the death penalty.

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