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Published March 31 2010

Cold-case suspect DNA was a match, police say

Police in Connecticut say DNA tests linked a suspect to a 1992 killing in Bethel, Conn., leading to his arrest earlier this month in Minnesota.

Forty-nine-year-old Donald Gregory Krauth was arraigned Monday at Danbury (Conn.) Superior Court on a felony murder charge in the strangling of 58-year-old Charles Cromwell. He had waived extradition in Cass County District Court on March 19.

Police say Krauth, a former New Milford, Conn., resident who has lived for more than a decade in Barnesville, Minn., helped clean Cromwell’s basement a few days before the killing and inexplicably came into a large sum of money afterward. Cromwell was flush with cash at the time due to a settlement linked to his wife’s death in 1991.

Bethel police reopened their investigation in 2009, comparing Krauth’s DNA to some found on a tear in a flannel shirt Cromwell was wearing when killed. Court records indicate that trace and touch DNA matching Krauth’s was found on the torn portion of the shirt.

Krauth told police he did not kill Cromwell. His bail was set at $1 million, and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 14.