Man charged decades after rape & murder

Gerald Austin
Gerald Austin

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man arrested in a decades-old murder and rape case made his first court appearance Monday.

52-year-old Gerald Austin stood silently as the judge informed him of the two felony charges he's facing.

Austin was arrested Friday in the 1989 sex assault and killing of 81-year-old Edith Skinner. Investigators say new DNA evidence led to a break in the case.

Austin has eight prior convictions, including two felonies.

His bail remains at $200,000.

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