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Man Charged in 1993 East Nashville Murder

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police say 21 years after the beating death of 70-year-old Annis Szekely in her Woodland Street home, John Steven Hernandez, her estranged son-in-law at the time, is being held without bond in the Metro Jail on a first-degree murder indictment.

Police tell us the result of modern-era DNA testing is among the evidence that led to the Davidson County Grand Jury's return of a sealed indictment against Hernandez in July 2013. We're told at the time, Hernandez was confined in San Antonio, Texas, on human trafficking charges. With that matter now resolved, Hernandez was extradited to Nashville.

Police say Szekely was found dead by her grandson on the evening of March 7, 1993. We're told she had suffered significant head trauma and was tied to her hospital bed. Hernandez lived with the victim for a time, along with his wife and her two sons, but had separated from the wife prior to the murder.

Police say Hernandez will be arraigned in Criminal Court in the near future.

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