Man charged in 1980 murder of Phoenix woman

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A man has been indicted in the 1980 killing of a woman at her south Phoenix home, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Arlie Tubbs, 60, was booked into jail Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 57-year-old Martha Chesney.

Police said Chesney was strangled inside her home near Ninth Street and Roeser Road sometime between Aug. 31 and Sept. 4 in 1980.

According to Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos, homicide detectives investigated Chesney's death and arrested Tubbs, but he was ultimately not charged due to limited evidence.

In spring 2013, detectives from the department's Cold Case Homicide Squad reviewed the case and resubmitted decades-old evidence to the crime lab for testing. In the fall, detectives were notified of a probative forensic hit, Martos said.

Tubbs was indicted in April.

State Department of Corrections officials say Tubbs has been in a Florence prison on charges of a dangerous drug violation and theft for means of transportation.

Martos said Tubbs was on probation at the time of Chesney's death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.