A 60-year-old man was arrested and charged with raping and murdering a woman in her South Los Angeles home more than 40 years ago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Kenneth Ray Matthews — also known as Kenneth Ray Boone — is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom in connection with the Dec. 6, 1977, stabbing of Leona Davis, Greg Risling told City News Service.
The 25-year-old woman was attacked at her home in the 8700 block of Menlo Avenue, Risling said.
DNA evidence allegedly linked Matthews to the crime, according to Risling.
Matthews is charged with one count each of murder, forcible rape and attempted first-degree residential robbery, according to the criminal complaint.
The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegations of murder during the commission of a rape and murder during the commission of a robbery. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.
Matthews was arrested Tuesday by detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, jail records show. He is being held without bail.