Man arrested in Texas in 1996 slaying of Los Angeles girl

1 year 1 month 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 21 2020 Oct 21, 2020 October 21, 2020 1:04 PM October 21, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 25 years after a Los Angeles girl was found slain, a man was arrested in Texas based on DNA evidence, California authorities said Wednesday.

Jose Luis Garcia, 42, was arraigned this week on a charge of murder, said Lt. Hugo Reynaga of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department cold case unit. It was not immediately known if Garcia had an attorney to speak on his behalf.

The body of Gladys Arellano, 17, was found in a ravine in the Topanga Canyon area near Malibu on Jan. 30, 1996. Far from her home in Boyle Heights, she had been sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled.

A DNA profile developed from evidence taken from the body was put into state and federal databases but no match was identified.

On Nov. 10, 2019, Garcia was arrested by Los Angeles police in a domestic assault case and a DNA sample taken during booking was put into the state database, Reynaga said

That sample eventually matched Garcia to the Arellano slaying, he said.

Garcia had relocated from California to Dallas and U.S. marshals arrested him on Sept. 29. He was extradited to California on Oct. 14 and arraigned Monday in the Van Nuys division of Los Angeles Superior Court.

He remained in custody on $1 million bail.

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