A New Jersey man has gone on trial in the strangulation deaths of two women in north Philadelphia more than a quarter-century ago.
Fifty-four-year-old Rudolph Churchill of Paulsboro, New Jersey is charged in the March 1989 rape and murder of 19-year-old Ruby Ellis, whose body was found in an abandoned car. He's also charged in the April 1989 slaying of 33-year-old Cheryl Hanible, whose body was found in a burned-out bar.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a prosecutor on Wednesday called the two "perfect victims" — poor and in need of drugs to feed addictions.
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Police said in 2014 that DNA tests linked Churchill to the slayings. But defense attorney Gina Capuano called the link tenuous, saying her client's DNA wasn't found on either body.