- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a man living in Oklahoma has been arrested in the 1982 killing of a woman who was strangled in her Mesa apartment.

Mesa police on Tuesday announced that 55-year-old Marion “Homer” Parmar is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and awaiting extradition to Arizona.

Parmar was arrested Aug. 5 after Mesa police and federal authorities tracked him to McAllister, Oklahoma.

Police say DNA evidence helped link Parmar to the killing of 34-year-old Ernestine Curtis Brewer, who was found dead on July 18, 1982.

They say Parmar was a friend of both Brewer and her estranged husband at the time of her death.

It’s unclear if Parmar has a lawyer for his case yet.

Arizona Department of Corrections officials say Parmar has a prison record dating to 1985.

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