Woman convicted in cold-case murder

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 11:51pm

A judge has found a Madison woman guilty on murder charges in a 1995 Adams, Tenn., cold case, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge found Lajeanra Yvette Polk, 47, guilty of one count of felony murder and one count of second-degree murder in the death of Carolyn “Tina” Vega-Velasquez.

Vega-Velasquez was found tied up with a cord and stabbed to death on her living room floor at 4051 Sadlersville Road in Adams. At the time, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crime, collecting evidence and developing suspects though no arrests were made.

The TBI joined the investigation in 2007, and soon after the focus shifted to the involvement of Polk and her 41-year-old cousin, Nicole Davis. The TBI matched a fingerprint from the crime scene with Davis, and the two women were indicted by a grand jury in 2008 and later arrested.

Davis is being held in Montgomery County on the murder charge. Polk is to be sentenced Dec. 3. 

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