Jury finds Honolulu man guilty in elderly woman's deathUPDATED 6:52 PM HST Feb 05, 2014Video Transcript
conviction decades in the making.. KITV4's Brenton Awa is back from court with our top story. Brenton. Paula -- The jury reached that verdict this afternoon... Gerald Austin was found guilty of murdering 81-year-old Edith Skinner back in 1989. Skinner is 54 now ... He was 29 when it happened. His DNA was found inside Skinner but Austin tried to convince jurors that he didn't do it. :14 Instead he claimed that just before her murder, the two had a chance sexual encounter after briefly meeting in the lobby of Skinners building. :22 852 "FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, IT WAS COMPLETELY EXPECTED BUT NONE THE LESS REPREHENSAB LE OF WHAT IT SUGGESTED, THAT AN 81-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WANTED TO HAVE A CONCENTUAL ENCOUNTER WITH A 29- YEAR-OLD STRANGER." The cold case was brought back to life in 20-12 due to modern day technology. When questioning by police two years ago -- Austin denied knowing Skinner. He told the jury he wasn't lying, he just didn't recognize the elderly woman or remember her apartment number following their afternoon together. The 81-year old was found strangled to death. Austin was convicted today of second degree murder. Next month -- there will be an extended sentencing hearing where the prosecution will present more evidence aimed at keeping Austin in prison for life without the possibility of parole.