F.T. Norton
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July 31, 2007
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Opening arguments in trial of 1982 murder

Prosecutors on Tuesday laid out why they believe David Winfield Mitchell killed former Douglas County beauty queen Sheila Josephine Harris, 18, 25 years ago. But the defense pointed the finger at a deceased member of a prominent Carson City family.

Mitchell, a convicted sex felon and groundskeeper at the apartment complex where Harris lived and died, is responsible, said Assistant District Attorney Gerald Gardner. Eighteen years after the crime, DNA testing revealed it was Mitchell's semen found on the victim's body and clothing, he said.

The defense, however, all but said the culprit in Harris' beating, sexual assault and strangulation …

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