The Latest: Suspect in 1974 California murder kills self
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a suspect in a 1974 killing who apparently killed himself (all times local):
Authorities have identified the man who apparently killed himself after being identified as the suspect in a 1974 ritualistic church murder in Northern California.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith says investigators recently linked DNA from the crime scene to 72-year-old Steve Crawford.
Smith says the suspect apparently shot himself Thursday morning when detectives approached his San Jose apartment with a search warrant.
Crawford was suspected in the sexual assault and murder of 19-year-old Arlis Perry, who was found inside Stanford University’s chapel with an icepick in the back of her head. She was naked below the waist and had altar candles on her torso and inside her body.
KPIX-TV reports that Crawford had been a security guard at the chapel and claimed to have discovered the body.
Northern California authorities say a suspect in a 1974 ritualistic church murder apparently killed himself when detectives with a search warrant knocked on his door.
The Mercury News of San Jose reported Thursday that Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said a recent DNA test linked the man to the murder and sexual assault of 19-year-old Arlis Perry. Perry’s body was found inside Stanford University’s chapel with an icepick in the back of the head.
She was also naked below the waist with altar candles on her torso and inside her body.
Smith declined to identify the suspect. She said detectives had contacted the suspect in recent weeks.
Smith said the suspect apparently shot himself about 9 a.m. Thursday when detectives approached his apartment with the warrant.