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PD: Phoenix cold case murder solved with man's arrest

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Cudellious Love (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Cudellious Love (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Phoenix man was arrested on Friday after DNA connected him to a stabbing in 1989 that left a partially nude woman dead.

Cudellious Love, 58, was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of first-degree murder, sexual assault, burglary and kidnapping in the death of Laura Hunding.

Hunding was found by her landlord inside her unlocked apartment at 4902 E. Willetta St. on July 17, 1989. Hunding was nude from the waist down and had been stabbed in the chest and abdomen and sexually assaulted.

Her body was found lying on the floor in the hallway leading toward the bedroom, police said. 

Evidence collected at the scene was sent to the crime lab for testing and DNA analysis.

Police said they found a kitchen drawer had been opened and a knife was missing from its sheath.

In January of 2014, the Phoenix Police Department's crime lab reported during a search of the state's DNA index system that a match occurred between the specimen and a database specimen from the Arizona Department of Public Safety crime lab. 

The name of the suspect was identified as Love.

On May 12, police interviewed Love, who said he was unaware of the homicide and denied any involvement. He was shown photographs of the victim and victim's apartment and said he was unfamiliar with the images, officers said.

When the interview ended, police collected a swab from Cudellious in order to confirm the previously reported DNA match.

On Friday, the Phoenix Police Department's crime lab issued another DNA report indicating the samples matched.

Police located Cudellious and he was arrested without incident.

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