WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Mississippi man faces a possible death sentence for a 1987 cold-case murder in Florida.
Local news outlets report that 51-year-old Rodney Clark was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder. His sentencing phase will begin Sept. 6. Under Florida’s new death penalty law, all 12 jurors must vote unanimously for execution. Otherwise, it’s an automatic life sentence.
Authorities say 27-year-old Dana Fader was raped and strangled in the back seat of her car in Lake Worth in June 1987. Clark was arrested in 2012 after a national DNA database flagged him as a match for semen found on Fader’s dress.
Clark acknowledged being in Palm Beach County at the time of the murder but denied responsibility for Fader’s death.