A man was recently arrested in San Francisco in connection with a 2004 murder in Denver, police said today. Billy Jene Wilson, 42, was arrested Friday afternoon at a residential hotel in the 1600 block of Market Street, police said. Wilson, a transient, is suspected of kidnapping and killing a 27-year-old woman, Gina Gruenwald, early the morning of Aug. 21, 2004, according to police. Gruenwald had been out with friends at a nightclub, and her body was found later that morning with stab wounds to her neck, authorities said.
Wilson was arrested in San Francisco earlier this year in an unrelated case. When he was booked, a DNA sample was obtained and entered into a national database, which matched it to the 2004 cold case, police said. Denver police notified their San Francisco counterparts about the case on Friday, and Wilson was arrested for the murder later that day. Wilson remains in custody in San Francisco. He has waived extradition and will be returned to Denver in the coming weeks to face charges of first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
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