A Texas man has been nabbed in the slaying of a California nurse who was attacked while jogging 25 years ago, authorities said.
James Watkins, 42, was charged after DNA evidence linked him to the 1995 murder of Christine Munro, 37, in Redding, California, according to local police.
Munro, who was a mom of four, had been on a jog along the Sacramento River Trail when she was raped and stabbed to death, cops said.
She was found dead with someone else’s DNA under her fingernails, suggesting that she had tried to fight off her attacker, police said.
But for years, authorities were unable to find a match until they resubmitted the evidence in January to the Department of Justice.
The DNA analysis returned a potential match for Watkins, who is serving a 14-year sentence for robbery in a Texas state prison, authorities said.
“Detectives immediately went to work reviewing Watkins’ history and whereabouts, before, during, and after the