Police: Man denied involvement in killing but linked by DNA

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Scottsdale police say a 42-year-old Phoenix man arrested in the 2015 homicide of a Scottsdale woman in her home has denied involvement in the crime but was linked to the killing through DNA evidence. (Source: MCSO) Scottsdale police say a 42-year-old Phoenix man arrested in the 2015 homicide of a Scottsdale woman in her home has denied involvement in the crime but was linked to the killing through DNA evidence. (Source: MCSO)
Ian Mitcham's booking photo. (Source: MCSO) Ian Mitcham's booking photo. (Source: MCSO)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (AP) -

Scottsdale police say a 42-year-old Phoenix man arrested in the 2015 homicide of a Scottsdale woman in her home has denied involvement in the crime but was linked to the killing through DNA evidence.

[RELATED: Scottsdale police arrest man in 2015 murder of Allison Feldman]

Ian Mitcham appeared in court Wednesday and remains jailed in lieu of $5 million bond on suspicion of first-degree murder and burglary in the killing of 31-year-old Allison Feldman.

A police probable-cause statement says detectives identified Mitcham as a suspect because his brother's DNA is similar to a profile of DNA evidence found at Feldman's home and that Mitcham's own DNA then was found to match the crime-scene evidence.

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According to police, Mitcham denied knowing Feldman or having been in her home.

It's unknown whether he has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

New court paperwork listed, “The tentative cause of the female victim’s death was determined to be asphyxiation with blunt force trauma and the manner to be homicide.”

The paperwork also revealed Feldman appeared to had been sexually assaulted, strangled by hand and with some sort of cord, and “suffered massive blood loss from a large laceration to the rear of her head.”

Scottsdale police said in a news conference Tuesday Mitcham was arrested at a Phoenix deli. AZ Family went to that deli Wednesday and learned he had been a waiter there for 14 months. He was described as a "good employee." 

Marco Marin used to live near Mitcham and described him as a "helpful" guy. Marin said he had just given him a ride to his job last week. 

He hoped the allegations aren't true.

"He doesn't seem like the kind of person who would do something like that to me. Great character. Great person. It's shocking," said Marin.

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