Police make arrest in 1989 cold case murder in Phoenix

PHOENIX - A DNA search earlier this year guided officials to make an arrest of a suspect involved in a 1989 murder in Phoenix, according to court documents.

Cudellious Love, 58, was arrested in Phoenix Friday following a January 2014 DNA search that connected him with evidence from the murder years before.

Laura Hunding was found dead in her apartment in August 1989 after an apparent sexual assault and murder, documents say. Hunding was found with stab wounds to the chest and stomach, as well as evidence that she had been assaulted.

Witnesses say they saw Hunding enter her apartment that night and that she was home alone before the murder.

Police collected DNA from the victim's body, which was linked in January 2014 to DNA recorded with the Department of Corrections belonging to Love. 

Police interviewed Love about the DNA match and murder, but Love said that he was unfamiliar with the case, had never met the woman and had never been to her apartment complex. He also denied any recollection of the victim after seeing photos of her.

Another sample of DNA was collected from Love at the time of the interview and sent in for processing which they later concluded to match the DNA they were previously investigating, documents say.

Love was booked into jail on charges of first-degree murder.

Love was previously charged with a felony drug conviction.

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