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Man convicted of murder in 1988 death of woman in Pontiac

They believe he is the man who sexually assaulted and killed 88-year-old Elnora Barrager at her Pontiac home on Sheffield in 1988.
They believe he is the man who sexually assaulted and killed 88-year-old Elnora Barrager at her Pontiac home on Sheffield in 1988.

PONTIAC, Mich. – An ex-convict has been found guilty of murder nearly three decades after an 88-year-old widow was found dead in her suburban Detroit home.

Billy Joe Bennett was charged last year after investigators linked the 55-year-old to DNA evidence. According to court records, he was found guilty of felony murder by a jury on Friday.

Investigators said they believe Elnora Barrager died of a heart attack in 1988 as a result of being raped after a break-in at her Pontiac home.

Bennett testified at trial that he didn't hurt her. Defense lawyer Richard Taylor argued that details of the case didn't add up.

Prosecutors said Bennett targeted Barrager because he had known her previously. Witnesses testified that he did yard and house work for her.