St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg Police have charged an incarcerated man, linked by DNA, to the murder of a woman nearly two years ago.
Investigators say they were able to link Terry Allen, Jr. to the January 2011 murder of Ellie Lynn Mason through DNA found at the vacant house on 6th Avenue North where her body was discovered.
Mason had been dead for several days before her body was found. The medical examiner determined the 47-year-old died from blunt force trauma to the head from a brick found at the scene. Detectives say Mason had been arrested several times for prostitution before her death and they believe she was engaged in that practice at the time of her death.
In an interview with detectives, Allen admitted he had sex with Mason at the home, but denied killing her.
Allen, 31, has been at the Pinellas County Jail since April 8, 2011, on unrelated kidnapping charges and attempted sexual battery involving an admitted prostitute. Police say Allen has been a suspect in other assaults on prostitutes in the past as well.
He remains in jail without bond.