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MN man arrested over 1991 cold-case killing in Pennsylvania

A drifter from Minnesota has been arrested over a killing in Pennsylvania in 1991.
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A drifter from Minnesota has been arrested in connection with a 25-year-old homicide case in Pennsylvania.

KSFY reports that 61-year-old drifter Charles Cook was arrested in southwest Minnesota on Tuesday.

Cook, whose last address was listed as Magnolia, Minnesota, is facing homicide charges in relation to the shooting death of Myrtle McGill at her home in Indiana County, Pennsylvania in December 1991.

He was identified as a "transient" by Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty on Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and he came to the attention of authorities in 2007 after DNA was taken from a cigarette butt left in McGill's car, which was taken the night she died.

But it took time not only to trace Cook, who has a long criminal history and as a drifter moved often, but also to somehow connect him to the crime scene at the time of the shooting.

They believe McGill's shooting was random.

According to the Star Tribune, Cook had absconded from parole the same month McGill was killed after being imprisoned in Pennsylvania on drugs charges.

McGill was shot with two .22-caliber bullets through her kitchen window. Someone had also smashed the sliding glass door to get into the home, but her car was the only thing taken, the newspaper adds.

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