Man charged in 1995 slaying in Aurora acquitted

Jimmie Crank Jr

AURORA, Colo. — A jury has acquitted a man charged in a fatal stabbing in Aurora more than two decades ago.

The Aurora Sentinel reports 43-year-old Jimmie Crank Jr. was found not guilty Thursday of second-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Michael Nilsson. Crank, who was jailed for nearly two years, has been released.

Nilsson was last seen alive when his brother drove him to a movie theater Sept. 21, 1995. He was found dead in a middle school parking lot in Aurora the following day with four stab wounds to the back.

Crank was arrested on a drug charge in May 2016, and investigators say DNA linked him to a cigarette butt and coins found at the school. Public defender Andrea Kremer argued that “DNA at the scene is not equal to murder.”

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