Man arrested for murder in Florida 21 years ago

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say they've linked a 48-year-old man to a 1987 St. Petersburg slaying through DNA evidence.

Tony Fantauzzi was arrested in Newton County, Ga. on Wednesday on a warrant issued in Pinellas County. He is charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting extradition.

The body of 19-year-old Lisa Bickford was found in 1987 near a mall. Police said she was strangled and raped.

A suspect was identified, but authorities said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him.

With the advances in forensic technology, police say they've connected Fantauzzi to the crime through DNA evidence.

It was not immediately known when Fantauzzi will be brought back to Florida. Police reports did not show an attorney for Fantauzzi on Thursday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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