An El Salvadoran man accused of killing two women in September 2016 was convicted on Tuesday of first-degree murder.
Twenty-two-year-old Elias Josael Jimenez Alvardo beat and strangled 48-year-old Annquinette Dates and 35-year-old Ranarda Williams with his bare hands, according to prosecutors. With the help of DNA collected from both scenes, prosecutors were able to prove Alvardo’s guilt.
Police found Dates near a playground belonging to a brick townhouse, in the face down position on September 2. A single rock, earring, cigarette and wig were recovered from the scene, according to court records. There were also signs of struggle.
Dates left behind four children and four grandchildren.On September 8, police responded to a report of a woman screaming in the 3900 block of Dolfield Avenue. When police arrived at the scene, Alvardo was leaning over Williams’ body. He was immediately apprehended and transported to the local precinct.
A fingernail scrapings collected from Alvardo revealed Williams’ DNA. DNA match collected from Dates’ neck was connected to Alvardo, according to the state’s attorney’s office.