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A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge today ordered Christopher Holland to stand trial for the rape and murder of a 21-year-old woman back in 1983, a deputy district attorney said. Judge Julia Alloggiamento ruled that evidence and testimony presented during Holland’s preliminary examination this month was enough for him to be tried for the homicide of Tara Marowski, Deputy District Attorney David Boyd said. The prosecution alleges that Holland, 57, killed Marowski after raping her, an enhancement to the murder charge that would qualify Holland for life imprisonment or the death penalty if he were convicted, according to Boyd.
Marowski’s nude body was found in the back seat of her car that was parked on a residential street near Campbell on April 23, 1983, five days after she was seen leaving with two men from the now-closed New Cork Cocktail Lounge at 1422 Saratoga Ave. The 29-year-old former cold case was reopened by the district attorney’s office last year following results of DNA tests on swabs and hair samples taken from the victim that prosecutors allege link Holland to the murder. Holland also has been charged in the 1983 murder of 17-year-old Cynthia Munoz, who was raped and killed several months after Marowski died. During a preliminary examination in that case in 2007, prosecutors also used DNA test results as evidence. Boyd, who is prosecuting both murder cases, has said he intends to combine the two into one trial. The district attorney’s office alleges that Holland raped both women before killing them and has added special circumstances to both murder cases, Boyd said.