Las Vegas Man Arrested After 42 Years of Woman Being Raped and Murdered

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Authorities claim that DNA evidence led to an arrest of a man involved in a rape-and-murder case.

Sandra DiFelice, 25, was found dead Dec. 26, 1980, around 9:30 p.m. in Las Vegas, according to published reports. Police have not said how DiFelice died.

When DiFelice was murdered, her 3-year-old daughter had been staying with her grandparents, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department  Lt. Jason Johansson said During a news conference.

The woman reached out about her mother’s homicide case to police last year prompting a review, and DNA collected from under DiFelice’s fingernails was tested using new technology after detectives revisited the case, According to a department press release

Johansson shared that additional evidence was found by officers when they reviewed the case once more with the department’s DNA laboratory. 

The press release states that police found Paul Nuttall (64), who lives in Las Vegas after processing the information through advanced DNA technology.

On Thursday, police arrested Nuttall and charged him with murder, sexual assault and burglary in connection to DiFelice’s slaying, according to the release.

“I am hopeful in some way shape or form this provides closure for the family,”Johansson spoke.

According to court records Nuttall has been booked at Clark County Detention Center, Las Vegas on Tuesday. He is due back in court Wednesday to face his charges.

 

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