- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Murder charges for a 1964 killing have been dismissed against a 75-year-old man in Orange County because he’s unfit to stand trial.

The charges against Charles Faith Jr. were dropped Tuesday after attorneys for both sides agreed that he isn’t able to help in his defense - and in fact, often isn’t aware of his surroundings - because of dementia. Instead, a judge placed him under the supervision of the county public guardian.

That could end the oldest murder prosecution in Orange County history.

Faith was charged in 2007 with bludgeoning and strangling a Santa Ana hotel clerk, Christine Wariner, in 1964.

Authorities say new technology matched him to bloody fingerprints from the crime scene.

Faith spent years in jail but currently is in a hospital jail ward.

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