Dec 30, 2009 6:07 PM by Bea Karnes, Matt Stafford

DNA solves 2004 Colorado Springs murder

An inmate slated for release from a Colorado prison next week gave a DNA sample as a condition of his freedom. That DNA matched the suspect for a 2004 Colorado Springs murder.

"We were notified about that match and we did the work that will be needed to do to find him responsible for that brutal crime," says Lt. David Whitlock with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Patricia Gonzalez-Arvizu, 29, was found stabbed to death in her own bedroom on Jan. 26, 2004. During the investigation into her murder, biological samples were taken from the crime scene. Following the recent DNA match, CSPD investigators learned that the inmate was employed with members of Ms. Gonzalez-Arvizu's family.

"If this was a crime that happened 20 or 30 years ago, and no DNA samples were taken, it would have made it more difficult in developing a suspect," says Lt. Whitlock.

Martin Solis Mendiola, 39, is now charged with first degree murder and sexual assault. He will be transferred from the Buena Vista Prison to the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center in the near future.



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