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Colo. man charged in 2000 slaying in Md.

Saturday - 1/21/2012, 6:49am  ET

TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Baltimore County Police say a Colorado man has been charged with a slaying in Dundalk in 2000.

Thirty-two-year-old Alexander Charles Bennett of Greeley, Colo., was arrested Thursday by Colorado authorities. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Heidi Louise Bernadzikowski.

Bernadzikowski was found dead in her Dundalk home on April 20, 2000. She had been strangled and her neck was cut.

In September, police learned that DNA evidence from the scene matched a specimen in the FBI's national database. Police were led to Bennett. Officers say he was found by authorities on March 30, 2000, walking along the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway.

Police do not know what connection, if any, Bennett has to the victim.

Bennett is being held in Colorado awaiting extradition to Maryland.


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