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Police say DNA from 2016 arrest matches 20-year-old evidence

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Posted at 11:27 PM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 01:27:48-05

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say the DNA of a man arrested on drug charges in 2016 matches the DNA found 20 years ago on bloody coins and cigarette butts that were next to a dead body, leading Aurora police to believe they’ve finally solved a 1995 killing.

The Aurora Sentinel reported Wednesday that 41-year-old Jimmie Joseph Crank has been arrested in connection to the stabbing death of Michael Nilsson.

Prosecutors in October charged Crack with second-degree murder and a sentencing enhancer accusing him of committing a crime of violence.

Crank is due in court Dec. 4. He is being held on a $500,000 bond at the Arapahoe County Jail.

Booking documents do not indicate if Crank has hired an attorney.