Man Convicted in 2003 Council Bluffs Slaying

James Harris

James Harris

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 36-year-old man has been found guilty of killing another man nearly 11 years ago in Council Bluffs.

A jury convicted James Harris on Tuesday of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he stabbed to death Nelson Alvarez-Hernandez during a robbery on July 31, 2003.

The case went cold until police used DNA results to tie Thomas Sanchez, of La Vista, Nebraska, to the case and arrest him in January. That led police back to Harris, who police say had long been a suspect. Harris was arrested in March. Charges against Sanchez were dropped on June 24.

Harris faces life in prison without parole at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Aug. 20.