March 28

Florida police stumbled upon a suspect in a cold case when a man applied for a job requiring background checks decades later – and his fingerprints allegedly matched, authorities said this week.

Todd Burket, 51, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 1998 murder of Sondra Better, a 68-year-old woman who worked alone in a consignment store at the time of her murder, Delray Beach, Florida. police said in a statement.

Barquet’s fingerprints appeared in the fingerprint database in December because he applied for a job as a certified nurse assistant, police said.

In 1998, Better’s killer left a “bloody scene full of evidence” when she was stabbed and beaten to death, police said.

At the scene, drops of the suspect’s blood were found leading from Better’s body to the cash register and out the door, as well as the suspect’s fingerprints on a decorative ball. According to police, in 1998 there was nothing in the national database.

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The authorities at the time even had a description of the suspect – a thin white man in his 20s and 30s who had been spotted talking to Better about a couch in a store – but the killer eluded them.

Detective Robert Stevens retired in 2007 after working on the case for nearly ten years, and no evidence led to his arrest.

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