DNA sample solves SF cold case

SANTA FE (KRQE) – DNA has helped solve a nearly 14-year-old cold case in Santa Fe.

Detectives got a DNA sample from an inmate at the state pen and it came back as a match to blood found on a knife handle from a fatal stabbing back in 2000.

The suspect is 67-year-old Joe Rivera.

He’s now accused of fatally stabbing Librado Alfonso Leyba Junior.

Detectives back then recovered the knife about 50 yards from where Leyba was found.

KRQE News 13 was told the case got a second look in 2012 and it was touch DNA technology that was used to help solve the murder.

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