April 19, 2014
A Trinidad man has been extradited to Nevada to face a murder charge in the 1982 of a Carson City teenage beauty queen.
David Winfield Mitchell is accused of killing Sheila Jo Harris, who was the reigning Miss Douglas County at the time. He flew into Las Vegas under U-S Marshal escort yesterday. He was met by Carson City sheriff's detectives who flew with Mitchell to Reno, then drove to the Carson City Jail where Mitchell is being held without bail.
Harris' mother Linda Bratton told the Nevada Appeal she's glad Mitchell is off the street so he can't hurt any other families.
Investigators say that a new comparison of D-N-A evidence found on victim Harris' clothing in 1982 was found to match samples of hair and saliva taken from Mitchell in 1986.
Mitchell was arrested in the case at that time but later was released due to a lack of evidence.
Harris' body was found in her Lompa Lane apartment by her mother
and the complex manager. An autopsy revealed the teen had been
beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled.
Mitchell was the handyman at the apartment complex.