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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Prosecutors seeking to bring charges in the slaying of a Vermont country club golf pro nearly three decades ago got a break when authorities said DNA evidence had linked a California man to the crime.

Fifty-four year-old David Allan Morrison pleaded not guilty this past week in Bennington to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Manchester resident Sarah Hunter, who disappeared in September 1986. Her body was later found in woods in Pawlet.

Authorities said she had been strangled and sexually assaulted.

Morrison was finally charged after hair found in his car was compared to DNA from Hunter's sister.

He is serving a sentence of 20 years to life for an attempted murder, sexual assault and kidnapping in Chula Vista, California.

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