Police say DNA solved 1998 killing in Phoenix

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona grand jury has indicted a man imprisoned in California on a first-degree murder charge in a 1998 Phoenix cold-case killing.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said Tuesday that 45-year-old Raymond Rivera will be extradited from California to face charges in Phoenix in the June 9, 1998, killing of 62-year-old Habib Raies.

Raies, who had been working in his family market in south Phoenix, was found bleeding to death from a single gunshot wound to his chest.

Crump says that the case went cold but that detectives reopened it in 2009 and tested DNA evidence taken from a water bottle and bite marks on Raies.

When Rivera was arrested in the Los Angeles area last month on a felony burglary charge, his DNA was taken and matched the DNA taken from the crime scene of Raies' killing.