When you're charged with a crime, you would hope that the evidence is there to support the case. When a case has gone cold, it might be hard to link anyone to the evidence there, but it's clear that in some cases, the police will try. Circumstantial evidence and claims against you need to be verified, so it's important that you defend yourself well against unsubstantiated claims.
A 30-year-old case has been reopened, and now authorities have reportedly made an arrest related to the murder of a man in 1986. The authorities reported that they believe the defendant staged a break-in at his home in order to cover up the shooting that proved to be fatal.
The cold case unit with the Harris County Sheriff's Office charged a 51-year-old man with murder related to the case, according to the June 5 report, despite previous claims by the man that he had shot the then-30-year-old in self-defense. Police reported that new autopsy findings did not work with the way the homeowner had described the shooting taking place.
They claim that the gunshot wounds did not match the man's claim that he shot the intruder in the doorway. Initially, the man's girlfriend claimed she slept through the incident, but a new interview that took place showed her changing her story. She began claiming she saw the shooting take place. The murder allegedly took place after the men started fighting about an old debt.
The man who has been charged with murder has a long criminal history, according to the news. He is currently serving a seven-year sentence in Moberly, Missouri, for a drug charge. The officials in Texas are hoping to extradite him to Texas to look further into the case.
Source: Chron, "Man facing murder count in nearly 30-year-old case" Juan A. Lozano, Jun. 05, 2014