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Wisconsin prisoner charged in Utah cold case murder

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (WTAQ) - A man serving time in a federal prison in Wisconsin has been transferred to Utah, to face charges in a 12-year-old murder case. 

32-year-old Vincent James was at the federal lockup in Oxford on unrelated charges, when Salt Lake City Police identified him as the man who shot and killed Leonel Perales in 2001.

Investigators re-opened the case in 2012, and they charged the alleged getaway driver earlier this year. Officials said they began in February to consider James as a possible suspect -- and they did not use DNA or other new technology to prove he was at the murder scene. 

District Attorney Sim Gill said investigators used, "good old-fashioned shoe leather" as they re-interviewed some witnesses, and found others they couldn't reach in the past.

James is now in a Utah jail under a $1 million bond.

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