Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
The Samantha Runnion Murder Case
Suspect Nabbed

A day after Samantha's body was discovered, police closed in on their chief suspect. Factory worker Alejandro Avila, 27, faces charges of abducting, sexually assaulting and strangling the girl.

Avila is not a stranger to the law. He was tried and acquitted two years ago on charges of molesting two other young girls. The L.A. Times reported that DNA samples taken from Samantha's body link Avila to the crime.
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