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Missouri man charged in ’93 slaying of sitter

Recent DNA tests lead to case’s reopening

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Authorities were expected to fly Friday to Kansas City, Mo., to extradite a man charged with a 1993 slaying.

For eight years, prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to connect Terry Louis Johnson with the slaying of Chris Mosier, 14, but "with DNA and additional information I really can't divulge at this time, they resubmitted the DNA test and now (filed) charges," Salt Lake County sheriff Sgt. Shane Hudson said.

On Dec. 30, 1993, Mosier baby-sat Johnson's infant son at 4525 S. 1175 West, charges filed Thursday in 3rd District Court state. Mosier's mother said she regularly called to check on her son and the baby. She last talked to her son at 7:15 p.m. When she called at 7:45 p.m., nobody answered the phone.

Johnson's ex-wife said a knife was missing from her house the day of the slaying, charges state. It was consistent with the type of knife with which Mosier was stabbed multiple times, including eight times in his heart.

The night of the slaying, police confiscated the baby's clothing and two blankets because there was blood on them, charges state.

Recent DNA tests matched Mosier's blood on the clothing and blankets to a "scientific certainty," charges state.

The Salt Lake District Attorney's Office issued a warrant for Johnson's arrest, Hudson said. U.S. marshals and Kansas City police arrested Johnson. He's in jail there and, if he waives an extradition hearing, will be back in Salt Lake County in days.

Johnson, 40, was charged with murder, a first-degree felony.