CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) –– Two men have been charged in the killings of a woman and two teenage boys found bludgeoned to death in 1998 in a house in northwest Indiana.

Hammond police announced that an analysis of DNA evidence helped authorities secure murder charges against 51-year-old James H. Higgason III, and 46-year-old David L. Copley Jr.

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They are accused in the January 1998 bludgeoning deaths of 36-year-old Elva Tamez; 18-year-old Jerod Hodge; and 16-year-old Timothy Ross, 16.

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The victims’ bodies were found in Tamez’s Hammond home. Police said both defendants were charged Monday due in part to DNA evidence recently uncovered thanks to modern technology.

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