A convicted rapist serving a life sentence in jail will be charged with killing a 13-year-old California girl in 1998, a California prosecutor said Thursday.
Charles Holifield, 56, will be charged April 14 with the murder and kidnapping of Christina Marie Williams for purposes of sexual assault, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said, according to the Associated Press. The delay in charging is because he is being held in a prison in a separate county.
If he is convicted, Holifield may face the death penalty. He is currently serving a life sentence for an attempted kidnapping after two previous convictions for raping two teenage girls.
Williams went missing while walking her dog on June 12, 1998 through her neighborhood, a case that garnered national attention and pleas for help from celebrities such as Mariah Carey and Reggie Jackson.
Her remains were discovered seven months later, just three miles from her house.
Holifield, who has lived nearby at the time, had long been considered a suspect in Williams’ death, but prosecutors lacked the evidence to try him for the case. Now, prosecutors now have “strong DNA evidence” linking Holifield to Williams, Flippo said.