DNA leads to murder charge in 1992 stabbing in St. Paul

Ramsey County prosecutors have charged a Minneapolis man with second-degree murder in the 1992 stabbing death of a St. Paul woman

A Minneapolis man has been charged with second-degree murder in the 1992 stabbing death of a St. Paul woman whose partially clothed body was found near a streetcar tunnel, prosecutors said Wednesday.

John Robert Capers, 65, is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Thursday.

He's charged in the death of 39-year-old Annette Seymour. A citizen discovered Seymour's body on July 14, 1992, near the entrance to the old Selby Avenue streetcar tunnel below the St. Paul Cathedral.

She was clothed in only a T-shirt, and had 11 stab wounds to her neck, chest, back and arms. An autopsy showed she died of blood loss.

The case went unsolved for years. According to the criminal complaint, in 2009, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension tested some evidence in the case and found that DNA from a semen stain matched Capers.

Further testing in 2011 confirmed the match, the complaint said.

It was not immediately clear if Capers has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

When authorities interviewed Capers in 2011, they showed him a picture of Seymour. He denied knowing her, meeting her or having anything to do with her death, the complaint said.