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Man, 79, charged with murder in Illinois in 1966 after DNA breakthrough | World news

James Barbier was arrested at his home in Missouri for the murder of 18-year-old Karen Snider, who was stabbed more than 120 times.


Saturday May 4, 2024 6:13 PM, UK

A 79-year-old man has been charged with killing an 18-year-old woman who was stabbed more than 120 times in her suburban Chicago home nearly 60 years ago.

Karen Snider was found dead by her husband Paul Snider on the night of November 12, 1966 after he returned late to their Calumet City home. Illinois.

James Barbier was arrested at his home Missouri Monday and charged with first-degree murder.

According to Sky News’ US partner network, NBC News, police reopened the case in 2022 and sent items from the crime scene, including the victim’s dress and bloodstained bed sheet, for testing.

The blood matched Barbier’s DNA and after his arrest he was extradited to Illinois.

Ms. Snider was stabbed about 125 times while her two-month-old daughter lay unharmed in a crib, according to the medical examiner.

Barbier, who worked in a rail yard with her husband, was arrested in 1966 but never charged.

“The defendant came home and appeared nervous. She observed that he had cuts, blood on him and blood on his clothes,” the Public Prosecution Service said.

“The suspect immediately entered their home, took off his clothes and put them in the washing machine.”

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Prosecutors said Barbier was released Thursday after prosecutors failed to try to keep him in jail because of his age and “physical infirmities.”

But he has been banned from leaving Missouri or Illinois and had to surrender his passport and firearms.

It was not clear whether Barbier has an attorney and he will be heard again on May 21.