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Suspect Identified In Southwest Michigan Cold Case

Michigan State Police

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A Florida prison inmate has been charged with murder in the strangling of a woman in southwestern Michigan more than three decades ago.

Prosecutors charged 49-year-old Robert James Waite last week in the killing of 59-year-old Wilda Wilkinson of Bangor in July 1986.

Michigan State Police say they matched DNA found on Wilkinson's clothes to Waite.

Detectives say Waite confessed when they interviewed him in April.

Authorities say Waite knew specific details about the slaying.