DNA matches Oklahoma man serving life term to 1995 murder

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — A man already imprisoned for murder has been charged in a separate 1995 killing in northeastern Oklahoma that state investigators say they solved by reanalyzing DNA evidence.

Court records show 58-year-old Kenneth Tyrone Brown was charged Tuesday in Wagoner County with one count of first-degree murder in the killing of 24-year-old Donald Hawley. Hawley was found beaten to death on the bank of the Verdigris River north of Muskogee in April 1995.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Director Ricky Adams says the agency’s cold case unit began reviewing the case in 2018 and matched DNA from a hair found at the crime scene to Brown.

Brown is already serving a no-parole life sentence for killing a woman in 1995.

Court records don’t indicate if Brown has an attorney.

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