A 15-year-old girl's efforts to defend herself against her attacker 25 years ago may have led police to her murderer.
Nanine Grimes was stabbed more than 80 times.
Adams County sheriff's officials say they've arrested 42-year-old Troy Brownlow who is linked to slaying of Nanine Grimes through DNA evidence from blood samples taken from the original crime scene.
An arrest affidavit says Grimes was found dead in a bedroom of her Adams County home in September 1980. She tried fighting off her attacker as she was stabbed 80 times.
"This is one of the most horrendous crime scenes I'd ever seen," said Doug Darr, the Adams County sheriff. "It's one of those things that haunt you over time."
Brownlow's blood was allegedly found on several pieces of evidence, including the headboard of the bed where Grimes was found dead. Brownlow's DNA profile was put into a national database after his release from an Arizona prison last year.
A match was found when the Colorado Bureau of Investigations retested blood samples collected shortly after the murder. Brownlow was arrested last week in Tucson, Ariz. He was a one-time neighbor of Grimes.
Although he was a juvenile when the crime occurred, Brownlow will be tried as an adult on first-degree murder charges, according to Adams County District Attorney Don Quick.
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