- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on the 1976 killing of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Officials say the man who raped and killed the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley in 1976 was shot and killed by police more than three decades ago.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Monday that investigators blame Kenneth Eugene Troyer for the slaying. Karen Klaas was strangled with her pantyhose in her home.

McDonnell says investigators ran a forensic sample collected at the crime scene through a state database and found a familial match to identify a close male relative of Troyer’s.

Police in California killed Troyer in 1982. Authorities say he was suspected of several other sexual assaults.

Investigators say they collected a DNA sample from the coroner and matched it to forensic evidence from the crime scene.

Medley says he always held out hope that investigators would find his Klaas’ killer.


10:55 a.m.

Officials are expected to release information about how they solved the 1976 rape and killing of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and District Attorney Jackie Lacey have set a news conference Monday afternoon to explain details about the case.

The sheriff’s department said Friday that investigators identified a suspect in the death of Karen Klaas by using a controversial DNA testing technique.

It allows investigators to search databases to identify likely relatives of suspects who may have committed the crime.

Authorities have not identified the suspect or said whether they’ve made an arrest.

Klaas was sexually assaulted and strangled with pantyhose in January 1976 as she returned to her home in Hermosa Beach.

The 32-year-old died a few days later.

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