HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Advanced DNA and fingerprint technology led authorities to charge a Minnesota man in a Texas cold-case homicide from more than 30 years ago, according to newly filed court records.
Robert A. Otteson, 53, declined to fight extradition Thursday in Dakota County court, and seemed calm, turning to crying loved ones with a wave and reassuring smile. Texas authorities now have 10 days to transport him from his current cell in Hastings, Minnesota, to Denton.
Otteson lived with his wife and children in a Minneapolis suburb for years. He had a clean criminal record, and neighbors had only positive things to say about him. But things changed Tuesday when local authorities and Texas investigators arrested him in connection with the death of Francisco Narvaez, a 42-year-old San Antonio man who was killed in a Denton motel room in 1983.
Narvaez was found in his underwear, and had been stabbed 35 times in his chest, neck, face, hands and back, according to court documents.
Investigators collected blood and fingerprint evidence, but no identification was made until last year. The fingerprints came up as a match for Otteson, who was found to be living in Lakeville.
Minnesota authorities recovered a DNA sample from Otteson’s garbage, and tests matched the decades-old samples, court records said.
Defense attorney Tyler Bliss declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press. Otteson’s family declined to talk to reporters after the hearing.
The victim’s family released a statement Wednesday thanking Denton police and the Texas Rangers “for their tireless effort to help bring some measure of closure for our family.”