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* David Dixon DNA Allegedly Linked to 1979 Murder of Rachel Moncrief

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Santa Clara County prosecutors are charging a 61-year-old Richmond man for the murder of a San Jose woman 32 years ago after DNA evidence linked him to the crime. Santa Clara police officers arrested David Dixon in Pinole Wednesday night in connection with the July 28, 1979 murder of 50-year-old Rachel Moncrief, according to deputy district attorney Ted Kajani. Prosecutors believe Dixon, a San Jose resident at the time, stabbed Moncrief to death at Camino Camper, located at 3939 Stevens Creek Blvd., where she worked as a security guard.

The business no longer exists. Moncrief’s body was found by a co-worker the following day.Kajani did not know the nature of their relationship. Dixon was recently released from Doctors Medical Center in Pinole and was arrested near the hospital, Kajani said. The arrest followed an investigation by the Santa Clara Police Department and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office cold case unit. Prosecutors said DNA testing revealed a bloodstain on Moncrief’s pant leg belonging to Dixon. His DNA, as well as Moncrief’s, was also found on a marijuana joint that was discovered near her body. He was booked into Santa Clara County Jail without bail.

Dixon will be arraigned on one count of murder in San Jose on Friday. Dixon’s case marks the third cold case the district attorney’s office has solved since the inception of the cold case unit in February. The unit uses DNA evidence to investigate unsolved murders, rapes and violent assaults. On Feb. 23, police arrested 50-year-old Sunnyvale resident Gary Swierski for the murder of his wife, Reina Swierski, six years ago. Her body has never been found, but her skull was discovered near Boulder Creek in April 2008, prosecutors said. Christopher Holland, 56, was charged on July 23 for the 1983 murder of Tera Marowski, a 21-year-old San Jose resident.

Marowski went missing in late March of that year and was found dead in the back seat of her car a few weeks later in unincorporated San Jose. Holland already faces murder charges in a killing that took place only four months after Marowski’s death. Cynthia Munoz, 17, was found dead in her bedroom in Campbell on Aug. 7, 1983, raped, strangled and suffering from stab wounds. Anyone with information about the Dixon case is asked to call Santa Clara Police Detective Ken Henderson at (408) 615-4812 or Detective Dave Tanquary at (408) 615-4821.

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