Arrest made in cold case homicide - CBS46 News

Arrest made in cold case homicide

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For six years, police in Gwinnett County had been looking for answers in the killing of Margaret Binkele. On Tuesday, they announced the arrest of a suspect.

Police have arrested Gerson Salmeron-Diaz, 26, and charged him in the 2008 murder of 58-year-old Binkele.

The body of the victim was found in her Sugar Hill home several days after her death. An autopsy showed Binkele had been beaten, stabbed and suffered severe head trauma.

Investigators collected DNA from her body, and this past March, they received a match in their database.

Police determined Salmeron-Diaz was Binkele's neighbor at the time of the murder, but had left the area during the investigation.

During the past six years, Salmeron-Diaz had been deported to El Salvador on an unrelated arrest. He returned to the United States and was arrested again in Arizona in December of 2013 along with five other suspects for transporting nearly 400 pounds of marijuana. Following that arrest, his DNA was entered into the database and proved to be a match in Binkele's murder.

Salmeron-Diaz is currently in custody at a jail in New Mexico. He will be transported to Gwinnett County to face the murder charge once he is released.

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