Monday, April 30, 2012

Jackson County prosecutors have charged a 55-year-old Hispanic with the 1992 strangulation killing of a woman in midtown Kansas City

Latino Juan C. Marin killed 26-year-old Tiffany Bloomquist in her apartment in May 1992. Testing of evidence left at the scene matched a sample of DNA from Marin. Marin, whose address is listed as a downtown homeless shelter, is on probation for illegal drug possession, according to Jackson County court records. According to court documents, DNA testing of a pair of panties from the crime scene was done in 2005 and a match was made with Marin in 2008. When he was questioned at that time, he denied knowing Bloomquist or being inside an apartment in her building. When asked to explain why DNA evidence linked him to the crime, Marin stated, “I didn’t do it. I didn’t even know that it had happened,” according to the court documents. In October 2009, a witness, who told police that he had been in Bloomquist’s apartment in May 1992 when two men had an altercation with her, identified a photograph of Marin as being one of the men. Subsequent DNA testing linked Marin to evidence found on a blanket and sheet from the bedroom where Bloomquist was killed, as well as pantyhose found wrapped around her neck.

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