DNA test results in charges in 1984 slaying

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - Relatives of a man stabbed to death in 1984 were surprised to learn that murder charges have been filed against two men after a DNA test linked one of them to the crime.

No one had previously been charged in the killing of Frederick David, 43, but his family never forgot that day.

"I drive by the house every time I come in and out," said his stepbrother, Phillip Johnston. "Twenty-two years is a long time. It really is mind boggling it could have happened."

The two men charged with David's death - Ronald Glenn, 43, and Alphonzo Easley, 44, - made their initial hearings Friday in Morgan Circuit Court and denied killing him or knowing each other.

A Morgan County sheriff's deputy re-examining the case in 2003 found blood samples that were taken from the scene of the attack and submitted them to the state police laboratory for DNA testing. Prosecutors say those results matched Easley, who has a 1997 conviction for battery and is being held in Marion County on burglary and robbery charges.

Glenn is in state prison serving a three-year sentence for drug possession. Police said he was a suspect soon after David's death and gave differing accounts of whether he was involved and had implicated two different men in the attack.

Easley's defense attorney, William Vanderpol, said he doubted the DNA findings alone would bring a conviction.

"We're relying on the same state police lab that lost the murder weapon in this case to confirm that Mr. Easley had anything to do with this case," Vanderpol said. "If they have lost the murder weapon, I think its very suspect the balance of what they've got in this case."