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A Las Vegas man has been charged in the cold-case murder of a 42-year-old mother of one

A Las Vegas man has been charged in the cold-case murder of a 42-year-old mother of one

Las Vegas man charged with murder of 42-year-old mother of one after police matched his DNA to the victim’s nail scrapings

  • Paul Nuttall, 64, was arrested Thursday for the 1980 murder of Sandra DiFelice, a young mother who was just 25 at the time of her death.
  • He was charged with open murder, use of a deadly weapon, sexual assault and burglary after police matched his DNA to the victim’s fingernail scrapings.
  • The young victim was sexually assaulted before she was allegedly killed by Nuttal on December 26, 1980.
  • The case was reopened in February 2021 when Las Vegas detectives reviewed and then resubmitted evidence for DNA testing using updated technology
  • New evidence included the suspect’s fingerprint that matched a sample collected from a drinking glass found in DeFelice’s living room, KLAS reports

A Las Vegas a con man who was on the run for more than 40 years has been charged with the cold-blooded murder of a mother-of-one after DNA was found under the victim’s fingernails.

Paul Nuttall, 64, was arrested Thursday for the cold-blooded slaying of Sandra DiFelice, a young mother who was just 25 at the time of her death, in 1980.

The young victim was raped and beaten before being killed by Nuttall on December 26, 1980. The victim’s roommate knew the 21-year-old suspect.

In late October, Nuttall was charged with open murder with a deadly weapon, sexual assault with a deadly weapon and burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon, officials said.

On Monday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police detectives released a stunning announcement in the 42-year-old cold case.

Nuttall is currently being held without bond in the Clark County Detention Center, authorities said. His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

LVMPD Lt. Jason Johansson was excited to share the news during a press conference Monday.

“My cold case investigators had the pleasure of making the one phone call that every cold case detective wants to make — and that was a call to Sandra DiFelice’s daughter in particular,” Johansson said, the newspaper reported.

Sandra DeFelice, 25, was sexually assaulted before she was murdered on December 26, 1980, allegedly by Paul Nuttall, who was 21 at the time.

Sandra DeFelice, 25, was sexually assaulted before she was murdered on December 26, 1980, allegedly by Paul Nuttall, who was 21 at the time.

Paul Nuttall has been tormented for more than 40 years after killing his young mother on December 26, 1980. Las Vegas police made a stunning announcement Thursday about the arrests of the suspects

Paul Nuttall has been tormented for more than 40 years after killing his young mother on December 26, 1980. Las Vegas police made a stunning announcement Thursday about the arrests of the suspects

DeFelice looks adoringly at her 3-year-old in the undated photo

DeFelice looks adoringly at her 3-year-old in the undated photo

At the time of the murder, detectives collected a lot of evidence at the scene and found a person of interest, but the case went cold.

In February 2021, the four-decade-old case was reopened by detectives in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Cold Case Homicide Unit. The team reviewed and then resubmitted additional evidence for testing using DNA technology.

Some of the new evidence collected was a DNA sample taken from Nuttall in 2021, a fingerprint that matched a sample collected from a drinking glass found in DeFelice’s living room, according to CBS affiliate KLAS, which reviewed documents related to the case.

On October 27, Nuttall was taken into custody by the Criminal Apprehension Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional task force led by the FBI and staffed by the LMVPD’s Major Offenses Bureau. The team consists of the FBI, LVMPD, Henderson and North Las Vegas police departments.

A social media post by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with photos and information about the decades-old cold case

A social media post by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with photos and information about the decades-old cold case

Before the brutal murder, DiFelice lived with a roommate near Bonanza Road and Maryland Parkway just outside of downtown Las Vegas.

Police said DiFelice’s roommate told them she knew the suspect and later told them Nutall was lurking outside their house the day DiFelice was killed, KLAS News reports.

According to the report, the roommate said that ‘Nuttall asked if he could sleep in the house because he had nowhere else to go.’

She told Nuttall she couldn’t allow that because [DiFelice] was in the house and did not know him well,’ the news agency announced.

Around 9:30 p.m. on December 26, police responded to a call of a dead body that had been discovered in a home in East Las Vegas.

When authorities arrived, they found DiFelice. The young woman was dead, and evidence at the scene indicated that she had been raped and beaten.

Her three-year-old child was not at home at the time of the murder, the news agency reported.



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