Michael Anthony Galvan has been charged with capital murder in the cold case killing of newlywed Debra Sue Reiding in her Austin, Texas, apartment in 1979 (Austin Police Department/ FOX)
Advances in DNA technology have resulted in an arrest in a Texas cold case rape and murder that took place almost 40 years ago, FOX News reports.
An indictment unsealed Thursday accuses Michael Galvan, 64, of capital murder in the death of 18-year-old Debra Sue Reiding in her apartment in Austin, Texas, in 1979, according to FOX7.
Galvan was always a suspect but Austin police never had enough evidence to arrest him.
Now they have the evidence they needed- a semen stained robe that Reiding was wearing when she was killed proved to be Galvan’s DNA.
KXAN-TV reported that the DNA test was performed last year.
“I’ve always known the person of interest needed to be pursued,” Reiding’s younger brother, Rodney Wilt, told the station.
“After I’ve worked on this for so many years, it’s just now finally starting to sink in that it might actually be coming to a close,” he said. “My whole life has been dedicated to getting to the bottom of this and letting my sister rest in peace.”
Galvan and Reiding were co-workers at an Austin restaurant. He gave her rides home after work, the station reported.
Reiding’s husband found her body in bed, under the covers with a pillow over her head, police said.
Galvan has worked for years as a barber in Austin, KVUE-TV reported.
Let’s hope this scumbag get’s convicted and spends the rest of his pathetic life behind bars.