DNA leads to arrest in 1999 Philly killing

    Police say they’ve solved a 13-year-old homicide that happened when two men argued over a Philadelphia parking space.

    Investigators say they used DNA evidence from a dropped hat to charge 44-year-old Alexis Orona with murder in the December 1999 killing of James Schumacher.

     

    Orona allegedly stabbed Schumacher as they argued over a parking space while Schumacher put his infant daughter into a car. Schumacher died three days later, after telling his wife not to touch the hat in case it could be used as evidence.

    Authorities say the technology to extract DNA from the hat didn’t exist in 1999.

    Orona was in custody in an unrelated case when he was charged last month. 

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