Trial in Cold Case Tahoe Killing Underway

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - The trial of a California man for the slaying of a South Lake Tahoe gas station employee 34 years ago is scheduled to resume Tuesday.

The trial of Andrew Sanford of Carmichael for the 1980 death of 16-year-old Richard Swanson concluded its first week Thursday in El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports prosecutor Trish Kelliher told the jury that DNA evidence would tie the 52-year-old Sanford to duct tape that was used to asphyxiate Swanson.

Defense attorney Erik Schlueter said Sanford visited the Shell station frequently because he was a roommate of an employee. As a result, Schlueter says, Sanford's DNA may be on the duct tape.

Swanson was working alone when he was bound and gagged. The robber took his wallet and $190, as well as $761 from the cash drawer.

Sanford was arrested in 2012 based in part on the DNA evidence.


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