DNA leads to arrest in 17-year-old California murder

Los Angeles (AP) — A 56-year-old Southern California man was arrested in 2005 in connection with the murder of a woman near Los Angeles after identifying him using DNA and fingerprint evidence.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Pertina Epps was found strangled under a carport in Gardena on April 26, 2005.

The case cooled, but resumed in 2021 when investigators used new technology to re-examine the forensic evidence left at the crime scene. Los Angeles Times Reported on Sunday.

Sheriff officials said Charles Wright was arrested in Hawthorne on Thursday after being identified as a possible suspect. I didn’t immediately know if he had a lawyer.

According to The Times, Wright was released after issuing the bond. He will be prosecuted on June 28th.

According to sheriffs, the detective does not believe that Wright and Epps know each other.