- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus police department’s cold case squad is taking another look at a four-decade-old slaying to decide whether to reopen the case.

Christie Mullins was found beaten to death behind a shopping center on the north side of Columbus on Aug. 23, 1975.

A suspect in the killing of the 14-year-old girl was acquitted at trial two years later amid suggestions the wrong man had been arrested.

Sgt. Eric Pilya said Wednesday that police will re-examine the case file for potential eyewitnesses, physical evidence or possible DNA.

He didn’t give a timeframe for when a decision might be made to re-open the case. The cold case squad has five detectives and nearly 800 unsolved cases.

If police decide against a new investigation, the case will remain open but inactive.

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