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Police Make an Arrest in 1992 Murder

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LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police detectives have made an arrest in a murder and sexual assault from 18 years ago.

Detectives arrested a man in Virginia for raping and stabbing a woman to death. Police say DNA was the critical clue.

In March 1992, Martha Doney was found dead, brutally stabbed in her mobile home near Boulder Highway and Desert Inn. For 18 years, her killer was free, but now police say he will face justice.

Fifty-eight-year-old Larry Howell was located and arrested in Portsmouth, Virginia. Detectives say all leads were exhausted in 1992, but DNA eventually caught up with Howell -- a criminal with a long rap sheet.

In January, Metro detectives got a hit in the national DNA database and the cold case suddenly became hot. Police say it brings closure to Doney's family.

"If your loved one is killed, you want to know why. You want to know what happened. Just the simple questions. With this type of closure, we can answer most of those questions," said Metro Sgt. Jon Scott.

Police still hope to generate new leads from the case from witnesses who may come forward after all of these years. The night detectives say Howell stabbed Doney to death, they were drinking together at the old Tumbleweed Bar on Nellis and Sahara. The victim got too drunk to drive, so Howell volunteered to drive her car back to her home with her roommate.

Investigators say Howell went back to the bar, but later returned to Doney's home to commit murder.

He is expected to be brought back to Las Vegas in two weeks.

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