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Man held in 1989 slaying of transgender woman in Santa Ana
Man held in 1989 slaying of transgender woman in Santa Ana

A 63-year-old retiree was being held Thursday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a transgender woman in 1989, a cold case that authorities say was revived through advances in forensic technology. Douglas Gregory Gutridge, a Lodi resident, is being held on suspicion of murder in the death of Carla Salazar, according to the Orange County district attorney. Gutridge was an early suspect in the case after talking with Santa Ana police detectives, but authorities said they never had enough evidence to file charges against him. The case was revived after the creation of the Orange County Cold Case Homicide Task Force, which used DNA evidence and fresh interviews with witnesses and...

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