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Break in Susan Spiller murder alleges her killer was 14

Police arrested the suspect, who is now 18, on Monday.
Susan Spiller

A break in a cold case has led to the arrest of a teenager in connection to the 2015 killing of Minneapolis artist and activist, Susan Spiller. 

Minneapolis Police Department held a press conference Tuesday afternoon announcing that an 18-year-old male was arrested Monday. Because the suspect was 14 at the time of Spiller's murder, very few details have been allowed to be released. 

The break in the case came recently when fingerprints from the murder scene were found to match the suspects', who fingerprints were documented in an unrelated case after he turned 18. 

The unidentified teen was arrested Monday and has been charged with 2nd-degree murder in juvenile court. He appeared in court Tuesday and prosecutors have filed a motion to have him tried as an adult. Unless a judge grants the motion, the case will remain private. 

"All victims deserve justice," said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, with Minneapolis Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo saying Spiller's death hasn't stopped "her life and spirit" from inspiring "her community and our entire City of Minneapolis."

Spiller was found dead in her home in north Minneapolis on Dupont Ave. N. after an apparent home invasion July 16, 2015. The crime scene was so violent that authorities determined her cause of death to be from "complex homicidal violence."

The 68-year-old was the vice-chair of the Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association and an artist known for her glasswork and lampshades, in addition to being a local activist. 

FOX 9 reported after her killing that Spiller had recently spoke at a community meeting, saying she feared retaliation after reporting neighborhood problems such as noise complaints.

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