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A Tennessee man was Wednesday arrested in connection with the brutal 1986 murder of 38-year-old Evelyn Aguilar, the officials said.
Danny Lynn Emitt, 50, is accused of killing Aguilar on July 14, 1986. Her body was found in a Winter Park, Florida, apartment with multiple stab wounds on her upper body and hands, police said. The officials also concluded they may have been sexually assaulted.
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A warrant has been issued for Emitt’s arrest after the samples of the 33-year-old murder case were entered in a national database and Emitt was revealed to be a match, according to Knox News. Emitt was in the database because he had submitted DNA for an unrelated case in 2005, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Danny Emitt was arrested in the cold case murder of Evelyn Aguilar.
(Knox County Sheriff’s Office)
“There is no perfect end, but this is as good as we can – hold the person responsible accountable for their actions,” Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said at a news conference Thursday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Lemma said at least 50 people had been interviewed in the case for Emitt’s arrest.
Evelyn Aguilar was found dead in her apartment in Florida.
(Seminole County Sheriff’s Office)
Emitt was arrested more than 30 times in connection with burglaries, possession of firearms and possession of knives, according to Lemma. Knox News reported he’d also been convicted for driving under the influence and driving without a license.
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In the Aguilar case, Emitt was charged with first-degree premeditated murder and burglary. Knox News reported Emitt was booked into the Roger D. Wilson Detention facility in Tennessee, where he awaits extradition to Florida.