Man Charged With 1978 Murder at El Monte Motel

POMONA (CNS) - A 61-year-old man who was allegedly linked by DNA evidence to the killing of a man at an El Monte motel more than four decades ago has been charged with murder, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon announced today.

Anthony Davis -- who was charged Thursday -- is set to be arraigned today at the Pomona courthouse in connection with the Jan. 7, 1978, slaying of Rudolfo Chavez.

The 42-year-old victim was stabbed more than 40 times at the Spic and Span motel and was found dead the next day by a motel employee, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Cold case investigators used DNA evidence found in a motel room to link Davis to the crime, according to the District Attorney's Office.

“For more than 40 years, justice has eluded the victim's family for this brutal murder,'' Gascon said . “I commend the unwavering resolve and the tenacious work put in by sheriff's detectives and attorneys in the Cold Case Unit to bring relief to those who have had to endure this tragedy.''

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