Leslie Long was just 20 when she was robbed and kidnapped while working the night shift at a gas station

By Tara Fowler
May 28, 2015 01:40 PM
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Nearly four decades after Leslie Long was raped and murdered in Palmdale, California, two ex-gangsters have been charged in her death.

Terry Moses, 59, and Neal Antoine Matthews, 58, were charged with capital murder on Tuesday after DNA linked them to the crime, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. They also face special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery, murder during a kidnapping and murder during a rape.

Long was just 20 when she was robbed and kidnapped while working the night shift at a Chevron gas station on Dec. 3, 1978. Three days later, her body was found near a freeway.

She had two daughters, ages 4 and 3, and an infant son at the time of her death. Before Long’s body was found, her mother, Patricia Combs, told the Los Angeles Times that the children were not taking their mother’s disappearance well.

“Christy, who is almost 5, is taking it the hardest,” Combs said at the time. “She misses her mother. She just completely withdrew for a couple of days. And of course the baby, Jimmy, keeps calling for his mother.”

The two men could face the death penalty if convicted. Moses is already serving a sentence of 25 years to life at Soledad State Prison, while Matthews made his first court appearance on Tuesday. He did not enter a plea.

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