A single fingerprint led to arrest in cold case murder of elderly woman 31 years later

first_imgRobeson County Sheriffs Office(ROBESON COUNTY, Calif.) — A single fingerprint and the actions of an “above and beyond” deputy led investigators to arrest a man in North Carolina for allegedly murdering an elderly woman 31 years ago in California, according to officials.Grace Hayden, 79, was raped and killed in San Diego in May 1987, said Investigator Erich Hackney of the Robeson County, North Carolina, District Attorney’s Office.San Diego District Attorney Investigator Tony Johnson was reviewing Hayden’s brutal unsolved killing when he found a single fingerprint from a left ring finger on Hayden’s kitchen stove, Hackney said in a news release.“Johnson resubmitted the fingerprint through the national fingerprint data base,” Hackney said, and found a match to 62-year-old Kevin Ford in Robeson County, North Carolina.Hackney, in Robeson County, said he learned a local arrest warrant had been taken out in 2015 against Ford for communicating threats.When that warrant was served in 2015, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Blount happened to decide to fingerprint Ford — “something rarely done on a charge of this nature,” according to Hackney.“It was this set of fingerprints that were taken by Blount that matched the print left by Ford at the crime scene,” Hackney said.A DNA sample was obtained from Ford to compare, and investigators found that it matched DNA collected from the victim, Hackney said.An arrest warrant was issued July 3 by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office against Ford for first-degree murder and Ford surrendered at his North Carolina home without incident, Hackney said.Prosecutors in Robeson and San Diego counties praised Blount “for going above and beyond in collecting Ford’s fingerprints back in 2015,” Hackney said in the news release. “Had he processed Ford under the usual procedure, this case would not have come to fruition.”Ford appeared before a Robeson County District Court Judge on Thursday and was formally read the North Carolina Fugitive Warrant, which he said he understood, Hackney said. Ford waived extradition to California.He will be extradited to San Diego and arraigned on the murder charge, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office told ABC News Thursday, adding that a preliminary hearing has not yet been set.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Kiss set for role under Schmidt

first_img Kiss had been appointed acting head coach for next month’s Tests in Houston and Toronto, but until Sunday’s squad announcement his future beyond that was in question. However, the Australian will take charge of Ireland’s defence once Leinster boss Schmidt assumes full control after the summer. “We’ve had a simple conversation and I’m very happy to be involved. I’m looking forward to working with Joe,” Kiss said. “I’ve known Joe since he came to Ireland and have worked with him before at the start of his Leinster tenure. We get on well.” Schmidt, in the midst of successive cup finals with Leinster having won the Amlin Challenge Cup on Friday and preparing for the RaboDirect PRO12 final against Ulster this weekend, had some input into the make-up of the squad bound for North America. Rory Best will lead the 28-man party after being overlooked by the British and Irish Lions. Best was expected to be campaigning in Australia this summer, but was left out by Lions head coach Warren Gatland in favour of England’s Dylan Hartley. The Ulster hooker, who was also captain of Ireland’s tour in 2009, leads a squad containing seven uncapped players in scrum-half Kieran Marmion, centre Stuart Olding, scrum-half Paul Marshall, full-back Robbie Henshaw, prop Jamie Hagan, openside Tommy O’Donnell and hooker Mike Sherry. Wing Keith Earls, centre Gordon D’Arcy, scrum-half Eoin Reddan, centre Luke Marshall and wing Craig Gilroy miss the tour due to injury. Lock Donnacha Ryan is rehabilitating shoulder and rib problems at Munster, but Kiss informed Lions selectors that he is available to tour if required. “Donnacha could play – if the Lions called him up tomorrow he could play, but it’s just an opportunity for him to have a bit of rest and recover,” he said. “He definitely has a chance of being called up by the Lions, but I’m not privy to anything and a standby list hasn’t been announced.” Press Associationcenter_img Les Kiss has confirmed that he will be a permanent member of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland coaching team upon completion of the summer tour to the United States and Canada.last_img read more

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