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Anthony Kemp is charged with the 1983 murder of CTA bus driver Hosey Reynolds. (Credit: Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Hosey Reynolds was a father and a hard worker, and for nearly 28 years, no one knew who killed him in his Chicago apartment.

But now, DNA evidence has led to the killer, as CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports.

The suspect, Anthony Kemp, 45, had recently gotten out of prison after serving time downstate for possession of a controlled substance. He fulfilled his latest felony sentence, but his life as a free man was short-lived.

Police arrested Kemp as he left the Illinois Department of Corrections, on charges of murder.

Reynolds was a CTA bus driver at the time he was killed 28 years ago. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Cold Case Unit and Chicago Police worked on the case, and a new round of scientific testing was recently conducted and a DNA profile discovered on the black leather glove, officials said.

The DNA profile was a positive match for Kemp, who was 18 at the time of the murder. In addition, a blood-stained T-shirt recovered from inside the victim’s car also was matched to Kemp.

According to prosecutors, between Feb. 2 and 3, 1983, Kemp entered Reynolds’ apartment and attacked him in the kitchen. Reynolds suffered slash wounds to his left hand and multiple stab wounds to his chest, neck and lower back. An autopsy later determined he died of multiple stab wounds.

Kemp them stole Reynolds’ stereo, speakers and record player, as well as his 1983 Toyota Celica, according to prosecutors. The car was later found abandoned near his apartment.

During their investigation, detectives found a glove and a blood-stained shirt. Both helped years later, as DNA technology evolved, and a suspect sample in the database matched what police ran from the evidence.

Kemp is now being held on a no-bond order in the Cook County Jail. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 15.

An assistant state’s attorney says this is one in thousands of cold cases, and the result of a systematic review of open cases.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

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