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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Three Decades Later, Guilty Verdict in Young Woman's Murder

Three Decades Later, Guilty Verdict in Young Woman's Murder

BOSTON, March 16, 2018—More than 30 years after 19-year-old Dora Jean Brimage was found beaten and strangled inside a Warren Street storefront, the man who killed her has been convicted of her murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury this afternoon found JAMES PAIGE, 51, guilty of first-degree murder under the theory of felony murder in Brimage’s 1987 slaying.  He faces a mandatory term of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on Tuesday.
Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini of the DA’s Homicide Unit presented evidence and testimony to prove that Brimage attended a birthday party for a relative of Paige on Sept. 6, 1987.  The next morning, construction workers found Brimage’s body inside a Warren Street storefront that was under construction.  She had been badly beaten, sexually assaulted, and strangled.
The first generation of investigators interviewed potential witnesses and collected physical evidence from the scene and biological evidence from Brimage’s body.  However, DNA testing that could identify her killer was not available at the time. 
In 2013, detectives assigned to the Boston Police Cold Case Squad re-interviewed witnesses and requested new testing of DNA evidence collected from Brimage’s body.  Criminalists at the Boston Police Crime Lab were able to produce a DNA profile that was entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS. The killer’s DNA profile was matched to Paige, who had been required to submit a DNA sample following a felony conviction. That "hit" led to a renewed investigation by cold case detectives and prosecutors assigned to the Suffolk DA's Homicide Unit, leading to Paige's indictment in 2016. 
Assistant District Attorney Juliann Campbell of the DA’s Appellate Unit second-chaired at trial.  Jennifer Sears is the DA’s victim-witness assistant.  Paige was represented by Dan Solomon.  Sentencing before Judge Christopher Muse is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in courtroom 806 of Suffolk Superior Court.

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