Birch Run man pleads not guilty to murder in Ohio - WNEM TV 5

Birch Run man pleads not guilty to murder in Ohio

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A Birch Run Township man pleaded not guilty in a murder in Ohio. The murder happened in 1983.

Andrew Gustafson was arrested on charges related to the cold case in June while at work at Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw County.

He is charged with killing a 19-year-old woman.

Police found her body in a drainage ditch in southwest of Toledo on Nov. 19, 1983.

The Lucas County prosecutor's office in Toledo says Gustafson was arrested on charges of murder and aggravated murder in the slaying of 19-year-old Janean Brown.

The case was reopened in 2011 based on advances in science. Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor Jeffrey Lingo declined to specify a motive or whether the advances in science involved DNA genetics. Some of the old evidence that may have been tested included a bloody knife and fingernail clipping from the suspect.

Back in 2004, Gustafson told a Toledo newspaper he didn't kill Brown and that he doesn't know who did. The paper goes on to say that Brown's body was discovered on property next to his mobile home.

Court records don't reflect an attorney for the suspect. He will be extradited to Ohio for trial.

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