- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County prosecutors have refiled a first-degree murder charge against a man who was accused of killing a 57-year-old Sparks woman in 2005 but never went to trial.

The district attorney’s office says 37-year-old Robert J. Ramirez was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with the death of Charlotte Szczepkowski.

The original murder charge was dropped in 2006 due to a lack of evidence.

Police found Szczepkowski dead on the floor of her Sparks living room in October 2005 along with her dead dog.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported (https://tinyurl.com/jto8qxr) that Ramirez and his former girlfriend had met Szczepkowski at a church food bank and moved in with her.

The girlfriend told police that Ramirez told her he fought with Szczepkowski and might have killer her, but the denied that.


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, https://www.rgj.com

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