Lenard Len Chester is arrested for cold case rape and murder of an 81-year-old ...

Serial rapist, 58, is arrested for cold case sex attack and murder of an 81-year-old woman 40 YEARS ago thanks to DNA evidence that matched him in a database of convicted criminals Lenard Len Chester, 58, was arrested on Thursday in Southern California He is charged with the 1980 murder of Leah Sarah Bullis, 81, in Oxnard Bullis was found severely beaten and raped in her Ventura County home Chester went on to be sentenced to 44 years for four other rapes in 1982 New DNA test got a hit in the CODIS national database of known offenders 

By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:04 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 22:54 BST, 3 May 2019

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Lenard Len Chester, 58, was arrested on Tuesday in Southern California

Lenard Len Chester, 58, was arrested on Tuesday in Southern California

A man has been arrested and charged with the rape and murder of an 81-year-old woman four decades ago, in a break in the cold case credited to DNA evidence.

Lenard Len Chester, 58, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with the 1980 murder of Leah Sarah Bullis, 81, in her home in Oxnard, California.

Bullis was in her house on a quiet residential block of Coronado Street when a home invader savagely beat her and sexually assaulted her on the morning of December 1, 1981.

Police responded to a call for help at 12.20pm and discovered Bullis barely conscious but able to provide some information. She was rushed to a hospital but died in the ambulance en route.

The medical examiner determined that Bullis died as a result of blunt force-related bleeding. 

In December 1980, 81-year old Sara Bullis was discovered in her home on Coronado Place. Officers learned that she had been sexually assaulted and severely beaten. Bullis was able to provide some information to officers, but she became unresponsive and died soon after

In December 1980, 81-year old Sara Bullis was discovered in her home on Coronado Place. Officers learned

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