A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence for a suspect to stand trial for the 1981 killing of former Inglewood City Councilman William Alberty.
Calvin Miller, 54, is charged with fatally stabbing Alberty in a case that had gone unsolved for decades.
Alberty was found dead in his apartment. He had been stabbed 21 times, including fatal wounds to his neck and chest. A knife blade was found in his throat.
The Inglewood Police Department reopened the cold case in 2010. They used DNA evidence from the original crime scene - blood samples smeared on the wall, in a sink and on a jacket - to put together a case against Miller, who was in prison on unrelated charges.
A forensic scientist who testified for the prosecution in the preliminary hearing said bloodstains from the scene matched Miller's DNA. She said it was "more rare than one in one trillion" for some of the samples to match Miller - the highest level of certainty her office reports.
Miller is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 17.