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DNA links Austin man to 1980 killing

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Investigators say DNA evidence has led to an Austin man now accused of a 1980 killing in Central Texas.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday announced the arrest of 53-year-old Steven Alan Thomas on a capital murder charge.

The case involves the November 1980 beating, sexual assault and strangling of 73-year-old Mildred McKinney. She was discovered dead in her southwest Williamson County home.

Thomas was arrested Monday in Austin, where he had been living. Investigators say Thomas, who formerly lived in Garland, has denied knowing the victim or assaulting her.

Sgt. John Foster says DNA from Thomas was obtained at a previous time. Foster declined to provide further details.

Bond has been set at $1.5 million for Thomas. Williamson County jail records Tuesday did not list an attorney for him.

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