A Baton Rouge woman’s unexpected June 28 arrest in the 2000 fatal stabbing of her business partner led Wednesday to her expected indictment in the 13-year-old killing.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Sonya Rene Kimber, 48, with second-degree murder in the slaying of Monique Edwards, 35, at Edwards’ Linden Street home on Nov. 14, 2000.
Kimber, 3760 Cathedral Drive, also was indicted on a charge of aggravated second-degree battery in the stabbing of Edwards’ daughter, who was 2 weeks old at the time and suffered minor injuries in the attack.
Police have said DNA testing linked Kimber to the killing.
Kimber and Edwards had been close friends, graduated Capitol High School together, attended the same church and operated S&M Outreach Inc., a social service agency, family members have said.
Police had few clues to go on at the time of Edwards’ death but surmised she may have known her attacker because the home showed no signs of forced entry. Detectives found defensive wounds on Edwards’ hands, according to court records, as well as DNA that did not belong to her.
That DNA evidence was sent at some point to the Louisiana State Police crime lab for testing and has been linked to Kimber, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Police also obtained a search warrant to take a sample of Kimber’s DNA.
In the days following the stabbing, witnesses and detectives noticed Kimber had scratch marks on her neck, which she claimed were the result of a fight, the affidavit says. Detectives located a witness who was able to disprove Kimber’s explanation of how she received the injuries, the affidavit states.
A second-degree murder conviction would carry an automatic sentence of life in prison. Aggravated second-degree battery is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The case has been assigned to state District Judge Don Johnson.