Charges filed in cold case of 1992 St. Paul murder

Formal charges were filed Wednesday in Ramsey County court.
John Capers, Annette Seymour

John Capers (left) and Annette Seymour (right)

A man has been charged for the murder of Annette Gail Seymour, who was stabbed to death in St. Paul in 1992. 

Ramsey County officials announced the 2nd-degree murder charges Wednesday against John Robert Capers, of Minneapolis. Capers, now 65 years old, was 38 at the time Seymour was stabbed dead near the former Selby Ave. street car tunnel below the Saint Paul Cathedral. 

The killing happened July 14, 1992, with a citizen flagging down police near Summit and Selby avenues after finding Seymour's body. She had been stabbed 11 times, with wounds to her neck, chest, back and arms. 

Seymour, who lived in St. Paul, was 39 when she was killed. 

A break in the cold case came in 2009 when investigators with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension positively matched DNA from Seymour's clothing to Capers. The discovery eventually led to an interview with Capers in 2011, during which he denied knowing or ever meeting Seymour. 

The night before Seymour was killed, witnesses told investigators that they saw Seymour arguing with who was later identified as her husband, James Fletcher.

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Fletcher admitted to the argument, even saying he and Seymour walked near the Cathedral and down the stairs by the now-sealed Selby Ave. tunnel, where her body was discovered. 

But Fletcher told her to go home and she walked back up the stairs toward the cathedral. Fletcher didn't see where she went after that. 

Fletcher, who died in 2008, denied having anything to do with Seymour's death and his DNA was not matched to any evidence. 

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