- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Authorities say DNA and fingerprints have linked a 27-year-old North Carolina man to slaying of a Virginia woman who was raped and strangled eight years ago.

The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1Ksxamq ) reports that a Norfolk judge on Wednesday certified a second-degree murder charge against Michael Ryan Brown, sending the case to a grand jury.

Twenty-eight-year-old Angie Lechlitner, a nursery technician at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, was found dead in her Norfolk home in January 2008. Brown, a former co-worker of the victim, was charged with murder in September and extradited from Goldsboro, North Carolina, to Norfolk two months later.

Brown’s mother, Janice Franklin, called the evidence “circumstantial” after the hearing, saying her son’s fingerprints and DNA were found on some of the victim’s items in the home, such as electrical tape, because the two frequently worked together.

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