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New York Man Held In 1979 Stabbing Of Wife

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man has been charged with murder in the 1979 killing of his wife, who was stabbed 108 times and left on a grave in a Buffalo-area cemetery.

The Buffalo News reports (http://bit.ly/1aR9CyJ ) that Michael Rodriguez was arrested Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in state Supreme Court.

The body of 21-year-old Patty Rodriguez was found in April 1979 on a grave in a Lackawanna cemetery. She was last seen leaving a bar with Rodriguez, her estranged husband.

He told the newspaper in 2004 that he wanted the killer caught.

State police reopened the case in 2009 at the request of Lackawanna police.

The newspaper reports investigators took a second look at forensic evidence, used technology that did not exist at the time of the killing and re-interviewed witnesses.


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