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Ex-con indicted in 1982 death of woman in Phoenix

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PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say DNA evidence has led to the indictment of an ex-convict in the 1982 killing of a woman in Phoenix.

Maricopa County prosecutors announced Thursday that 56-year-old Teodoro Barron Corella Jr. is charged with one count of first-degree murder for allegedly strangling Karen Casanova.

Phoenix police say the body of the 25-year-old Casanova was found in a vacant field on Jan. 31, 1982.

Evidence collected during an autopsy didn't point to a possible suspect and police say the case went cold.

Casanova's fingernail clippings were submitted for DNA testing in 2011 and authorities say a match was eventually found with a sample belonging to Corella.

Police say Corella was arrested in July for failing to register as a sex offender and has served prison time in Arizona and California.

Also Thursday, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced a new collaborative effort with the Phoenix Police Department to solve cold homicide cases.

Montgomery and Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia say Corella's indictment is the first to come from a new partnership between the two agencies focusing on closing some of the metro area's 2,500 unsolved homicide cases dating back to the 1950s.

Both say the goal is aimed at bringing closure to the victims' families and delivering justice to the criminals.

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