January 31, 2015
An Oregon man has been ordered to stand trial for the 1998 killing of a woman in Reno.
Authorities say DNA taken from the fingernails of the victim, Vickie Lee, matched that of 34-year-old Terry Gene Brown. The woman was found behind a hedge near downtown Reno on April 13th, 1998.
Investigators said Lee's fingernails were clipped and sent to the crime lab for DNA testing, but no matches were made.
The case remained unsolved until October, when a match was found on a national DNA database of convicted offenders.
Authorities say the profile had been added to the national list after Brown provided a DNA sample to his probation officer in Grants Pass, Oregon, where Brown was convicted for an unrelated felony.
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