Man already in prison, Jose Manuel Muros Nevares, accused in 2006 beating death

PHOENIX - A man already in prison has been accused in the beating death of a 75-year-old Phoenix woman at her home in 2006.

Maricopa County prosecutors announced Thursday that 41-year-old Jose Manuel Muros Nevares has been indicted on first-degree murder and burglary.

Cold case detectives with the county Attorney's Office teamed with Phoenix police to identify Nevares as a suspect in the death of Patricia Staggs and submit the case to a grand jury.

Authorities say DNA evidence collected from the murder scene was submitted to an FBI system in 2012 and produced a match.

DNA had been taken from Nevares during an unrelated contact with law enforcement.

An arrest record for Nevares shows he lived next door to Staggs at the time of her murder.  

County attorney Bill Montgomery says this is a huge win for the County Cold Case unit and gives needed closure to the Staggs family.

"Certainly the victims surviving family members didn't think justice would ever come."

Nevares is serving time in an Arizona prison for a drug-related offense and detectives say they interviewed him about the Staggs case.

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