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Man charged in 1984 murder case

Man charged in 1984 murder case

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California police have arrested a man who is accused of sexually assaulting and murdering an elderly woman in 1984 when he was 19 years old. The man, identified as Richard Moore, now 59, lived under the alias “Woody” or “Woody on Fairbanks” before his recent arrest.

Moore pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping and rape in connection with the death of 69-year-old Madeline Garcia. The incident occurred in Roseville, where Garcia was brutally attacked in an alley and murdered with repeated blows. Due to the violence of the crime, Garcia’s body is barely recognizable, and her dentures were found in the gutter.

Garcia, known in her neighborhood as “The Can Lady,” was a Hispanic-American housewife who was affectionately called “Grandma Garcia” by her family. She was described as a loving person who enjoyed cooking, gardening, crafting, and interacting with the neighborhood children.

Investigators used modern forensic techniques, including analysis of the family’s DNA, to link Moore to the crime scene 40 years later. Moore was arrested in Los Angeles and assigned a public defender for his arraignment.

Moore’s arrest was the result of a collaborative effort between the Roseville Police Department, the FBI and the Cold Case Team. District Attorney Morgan Gire stressed the importance of holding individuals accountable for heinous crimes, stating that individuals capable of such acts pose a danger to the community.

Following the judge’s decision, Moore was remanded in custody without bail. The city of Roseville praised the investigative team for its persistence in solving the case after decades.

Family members of the victim expressed mixed feelings about Moore’s arrest, with Terri Middlekauf describing it as a “bittersweet moment.” The arrest gives the family a sense of closure but also reminds them of the tragic loss they have suffered.