Reno cops identify suspect in student killing case

By: AP
By: AP

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Police in Reno, Nev., have released the identity of a suspect in the January kidnapping and slaying of a 19-year-old college student who was abducted as she slept on a friend's couch.

Police say James Michael Biela, 27, of Sparks, was arrested Tuesday night and booked on suspicion of kidnapping, murder and sexual assault.

Biela provided a DNA sample that matched evidence found at the scene where Brianna Denison's body was found in February, a Denison family member said Wednesday.

Denison was abducted before dawn on Jan. 20 as she slept on the couch at a home near the University of Nevada, Reno.

Investigators said DNA evidence gathered from the scene linked Denison's killer to at least two other sexual attacks on women at or near the university from October to December 2007.

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