Cold case arrest: Man charged with murder 7 years after woman found dead behind church
WGHP / North Carolina Department of Corrections
Jack Leon Coker Jr.; sketch of Paula Joy Nicks

via WGHP:

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) -- A man faces a murder charge more than seven years after a woman was killed with blunt force trauma and left behind a Greensboro church, according to Greensboro police.

On Tuesday, detectives arrested Jack Leon Coker Jr., 27, for the alleged first-degree murder of 33-year-old Paula Joy Nicks, of Browns Summit.

Greensboro police officers were called to God’s House of Deliverance Church at 1212 Randolph St. on May 25, 2012.

The victim was identified in September 2012 after family members saw images of her in the media and came forward.

On Tuesday, police said Nicks died of blunt force trauma, and new information led detectives to identify Coker as a suspect.

Coker was arrested Tuesday shortly after being released from the North Carolina Department of Corrections after serving a sentence for attempted second-degree rape in the Kinston area.

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