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Murder charge in Fresno cold case murder of California student

Posted at 7:32 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 18:50:03-05

Authorities in Fresno announced Wednesday they have filed a murder charge in the rape and killing of a college student 24 years ago.

Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp announced the charges against Nickey Duane Stane, 52, in the 1996 slaying of 22-year-old Debbie Dorian.

Authorities said they linked Stane to Dorian's killing through a DNA match when he was arrested last year in a string of attacks on young women in Visalia from 1999 to 2002. He was arrested on those charges in October and remains in custody in neighboring Tulare County.

An attorney for Stane, Tom Faulkner, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.