Friday, February 25, 2011

Rashod James accused of killing community activist Delia Young

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge A 19-year-old is charged in the killing of Delia Young (photo from 1981).
  • A 19-year-old is charged in the killing of Delia Young (photo from 1981).

Rashod James allegedly led police on a chase in the cadillac of homicide victim Fannie

Delia Young after being involved in a hit-and-run accident on October 24, 2010. The 19-year-old allegedly led police on a foot chase before he was arrested.

Young's car was impounded in a city tow lot. Her ATM card was found in

the car's center console. On the afternoon of November 1, 2010, the body of 67-year-old Young was found in her home at 12th and Michigan after a maintenance worker

noticed that her mail had been stacking up for several days. The Jackson County Medical Examiner later ruled her death a homicide from blunt force trauma to the head and multiple stab wounds. She'd been dead about 11 or 12 days.



Young had tape wrapped around her head. The tape would later return a DNA hit linking James to the homicide (that and him driving Young's

car). Authorities also found bleach poured on various items in Young's home and on the floor. They said her car had been stolen along with her ATM card and Dell home computer.

A relative of James' told police that he'd sold him a Dell home computer around the time of the homicide. Police recovered the computer and found bleach on the keyboard.

James is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.


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