DNA evidence from blood found in a bathroom sink has linked a 51-year-old man to the murder of Marilyn McIntyre nearly 30 years ago. The husband of the victim, Lane McIntrye, found her beaten and strangled in their home in 1980.
On Monday when the Columbia County judge announced bail for the suspect, Curtis Forbes, at a $750,000 cash bond, the victim's sister-in-law says it's not enough money for what he did.
"He let my brother take the blame for the last 29 years and that's so unfair," says Rhonda Erickson.
Prosecutors had asked for a $5 million bond, claiming Forbes could be a flight risk and a threat to some witnesses. They say DNA links him to the crime scene. Forbes' attorney calls the case weak, saying much of the evidence against his client has been known since the time of the murder. George Strother says even the scientific claims of the evidence are "ambiguous."
Forbes and Lane McIntyre were friends from high school.
Contributed by Jason Fischer-WIBA