A prosecutor says bruises found on an 81-year-old Honolulu woman helped a medical examiner determine she had been strangled.
But prosecutor Scott Bell says the 1989 killing remained unsolved until advances in DNA technology helped match evidence found on Edith Skinner's body with a man whose grandmother lived in her building.
Gerald Austin's trial began Monday with Bell telling jurors the case had long gone cold before Austin was charged with second-degree murder in 2012.
Bell says then-29-year-old Austin wasn't considered a suspect at the time and remained "hiding in plain sight for more than two decades."
Public defender Edward Aquino told jurors Austin had sexual contact with Skinner but didn't kill her. He says the question of who killed Skinner will remain unanswered at the end of the trial.
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