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Police solve 32-year cold-case killing of California man

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Police say they’ve solved a 32-year-old cold-case killing of a Southern California man, and the suspect is already serving a prison sentence on an unrelated charge.

John Carl Burkhardt, 71, was found stabbed to death at his ransacked Fontana home in March 1990 after he missed a breakfast date with a friend.

Police say thanks to improvements in forensic technology, investigators eventually were able to match fingerprints from the knife to a 56-year-old inmate at a California prison.

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