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Murderer of a Minneapolis Woman found 2 Years Later

A Faitrbault man was charged Thursday in the death of a south Minneapolis woman whose beaten body was found in a ditch near Northfield in 2005, reported The Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

Antonio Medina, 33, was charged with second-degree intentional murder in the death of Laura Lynn DeMeules, 33, on Nov. 6, 2005.

The leading evidence against Medina were fingernail clippings collected after he was convicted in Hennepin County of a felony drunken driving charge and his routine DNA samples were submitted, it was reported

In January, his profile matched that of an unknown DNA sample found on a fingernail clipping taken from DeMeules' body, the Star Tribune reported.

Both papers reported Medina's bail is set at $1 million.

When investigators interviewed Medina in February, he admitted picking up a woman on Lake Street that night who looked like a picture of DeMeules that police showed him., both papers reported. He said he was drunk and high on crack or cocaine, reported the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press reported the complaint reads: "The defendant said that for an unknown reason the female started arguing with him and that she was 'freaking out.' The defendant said he pinned her down and he killed her in the truck."

The victim's father, Duane DeMeules, told the Star Tribune he thanks God they have found his daughter murder and is happy with the amount bail was set at since it will prevent Medina from getting out.

"Now I don't have to worry anymore [that] this person could get ahold of somebody and the same kind of thing happens," he said.