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Police solve 20-year-old Indianapolis cold case

A 20-year-old cold case in Indianapolis has been solved.

William Swain has been charged for the 2000 murder of Arthur McPhaul.

Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said Swain was named a suspect in 2019, thanks to a DNA match.

Now, he’s facing murder and other charges.

McPhaul’s body was found in a hotel room on Keystone Avenue on October 19, 2000, with duct tape around his wrist and a phone cord wrapped around his ankle.

Swain’s DNA was found under McPhaul’s fingernails, which Mears says is common in cases where there was a struggle between the suspect and the victim.

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