THE BRONX (PIX11) — A DNA match has lead to a breakthrough in the brutal murder of a young mother 22 years ago, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Johnathan Jolivert, 46, has been charged in the March 23, 1993 murder of 21-year-old Michelle Page Gilliam, the mother of his child. Prosecutors allege Jolivert stopped by Gilliam’s apartment on Morris Ave. and East 168th Street to give her child support money the day of her death. Gilliam’s naked body was found by her mother, lying on the floor of the apartment.
The mother of one, who was studying business at Manhattan Community College, was strangled with a scarf, investigators say, and had a kitchen knife plunged into her throat, which was still there when she was found. The couple’s 14-month-old son was not home at the time.
The NYPD’s Cold Case Squad was able to finally tie Jolivert to the murder by DNA that was found under Gilliam’s fingernails. Jolivert was taken into custody at a drug treatment center in Carmel Feb. 13.
Jolivert has been charged with second degree murder and has pleaded not guilty.