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Man convicted of 1991 murder of 16-year-old girl on South Side

A man has been convicted in the cold case murder of a 16-year-old girl that happened nearly 20 years ago on the South Side.

Steven Dixon, 40, of Wisconsin was convicted Friday of the murder of 16-year-old Tiffany Lindsay, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

During the early morning hours of Oct. 13, 1991, Dixon went to Lindsay’s apartment in the 4700 block of South Drexel after attending a party, according to prosecutors. He savagely beat the girl, fracturing her skull, then used two steak knives to cut her 12 times on her face and neck.

Authorities discovered her bloody body with the murder weapons and her 1-year-old son nearby, prosecutors said. The boy was not hurt in the attack.

Dixon told police hours after the murder that he was asleep in Lindsay’s apartment when he awoke to screams. He said he saw her lying on the floor and ran scared from the apartment.

The case remained open and unsolved until 2010, when detectives sent evidence collected at the scene to the Illinois State Police crime lab for DNA testing.

Dixon’s DNA was found under Lindsay’s fingernails and on the broken handles of the murder weapons, prosecutors said. He was apprehended by Chicago Police and charged in July 2011.

Prosecutors said Dixon and Lindsay knew each other through mutual friends.

A jury convicted Dixon on Friday, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

He is scheduled to be sentenced May 28, and faces between up to 60 years in prison.