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Prosecutor announces indictments in 2 cold cases

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has announced two indictments in two separate cold cases.

Juan Kinney, 62, formerly of Mount Auburn, has been indicted for the August 7, 2000 stabbing death of Eric Veal.

Veal was found stabbed to death in his Mount Auburn apartment. Evidence collected at the scene revealed a blood type other than Veal's, indicating the attacker may have been injured during the homicide. The unknown DNA was entered into the national CODIS database, and a match was found in 2006 matching Kinney.

Kinney is currently serving a life sentence in California under their three strikes policy. His final parole hearing in California is scheduled for 2100.

Willie Hodges, 49, formerly of Cincinnati, has been indicted for the March 19, 2003 murder of LaVerne Jansen.

Jansen was found stabbed to death in her apartment on Clevesdale Drive. Police found that Hodges had been charged with a similar homicide in Florida and developed information that, along with DNA, led to the indictment.

Hodges was convicted in 2009 of the Florida homicide and currently sits on Florida's death row.

If convicted, Kinney would face 15 years to life in prison and Hodges would face life with parole.

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