Oba Chandler linked to 1989 death of Ivelisse Beguerisse

Police say DNA evidence links convicted felon executed in 2011 to crime

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Ivelisse Beguerisse was found dead in Coral Springs in November 1990, one day after she was last seen leaving work at the Sawgrass Mills mall.

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - A convicted felon who was executed in 2011 has been identified as the suspect in a 23-year-old South Florida murder investigation.

Coral Springs police announced Monday that DNA evidence links Oba Chandler to the death of Ivelisse Beguerisse.

Beguerisse's body was found on the side of Northwest 122nd Avenue in November 1990, a day after she was reported missing by her husband. There were ligature marks on both wrists and ankles, and brown packing tape was found stuck in her hair.

A medical examiner later determined that the 20-year-old Sunrise woman had been asphyxiated.

Police said Beguerisse's car was found in the parking lot of the Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise, where she worked. Two of the car's tires had been slashed.

In August 2013, detectives resubmitted DNA evidence taken from Beguerisse's body to the Broward Sheriff's Office crime lab.

Police said the DNA evidence linked Chandler to the crime.

Chandler was convicted of killing Joan Rodgers and her two daughters in St. Petersburg in 1989. He was sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection in November 2011.

Police said Chandler lived a little more than a mile away from the Sawgrass Mills mall at the time of Beguerisse's death.