Man convicted of 2007 slaying of aunt in Omaha

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A 35-year-old man has been convicted of beating and stabbing to death his aunt in Omaha more than 10 years ago.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that a jury found Charles Simmer guilty Monday of first-degree murder in the slaying of 50-year-old Joy Blanchard in her home in November 2007.

Authorities say he'd been a suspect since her death, but prosecutors weren't able to assemble a convincing case until additional DNA tests in 2016 further implicated him. Also, a high school friend of Simmer told police after Simmer was arrested that he'd told her in 2008 that he'd killed someone.

Simmer's conviction brings a life sentence.