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Pennsylvania Convict Arrested In 1998 Cold Case Slaying Of Bronx Girl

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A convicted killer in Pennsylvania has been arrested in the 1998 slaying of a 14-year-old Bronx girl.

Police said 40-year-old James Martin was extradited to New York on Wednesday and arrested on charges of murder and rape. It wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer.

The body of Marleny Cruz was found in a Bronx park in February, 1998. Police say she had been brutally raped and strangled.

The killing went unsolved until a detective from the Bronx Homicide Task Force requested a DNA profile, which matched that of the suspect, in September of 2011.

Martin had been incarcerated at the Somerset Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania for the 2005 killing of his common-law wife.

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