Almost 40 years after brutal murder, a suspect is finally behind bars


Dawn Koons was a waitress in Bakersfield at the start of 1979.

But January 12th was the last day friends saw the blonde 18-year-old native New Yorker alive, according to new court documents obtained by 17 News.

On January 16th she was found dead in her apartment at 2220 S. Real Road.

“She was found in her bathtub, naked, her hands-wrists were tied with a telephone cord behind her back. There was a pillowcase over her head and some of the telephone cord was wrapped around her neck,” said District Attorney Lisa Green Thursday morning.

38 years later, DA Green and Police Chief Lyle Martin announced an arrest in the cold case. 

60-year-old Prentice Foreman was taken into custody Wednesday accused of first degree murder of Koons. 

Largely thanks to DNA.

These documents also say that Foreman was interviewed in January of 1979 about the murder, though he denied being at the apartments at the time of the killing, and denied knowing Koons.

Foreman declined our jailhouse interview request. 

He will be arraigned here at the courthouse tomorrow morning at 10 AM.

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