Suspect Charged in 22-Year Old Cold Case

46-year old James Issac Blackmon charged in 1993 cold case

Officials have arrested and charged a suspect in the 1993 shooting death of a woman. 

James Issac Blackmon, 46, was charged with one count of murder. He is accused of shooting and killing 46-year old Sumei Wei Chen on October 27, 1993.

Police say Chen was found in her car at an underground parking lot at 606 3rd Street, near Westfield Horton Plaza and Ralph's in downtown San Diego. She had fatal gunshot wounds to her body.

San Diego Police Homicide Detective worked to solve the case but the killing, but the case went cold. 

After nearly 20 years, San Diego County District Attorney Investigators (DA) and San Diego Police (SDPD) Cold Case Detectives started the investigation again after getting new information.

The agencies identified Blackmon, who was in a California State Prison at the time, as a suspect in Chen’s murder.

He will be arraigned Tuesday.

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