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Charges filed again in 1994 Madison homicide case

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 MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state prison inmate serving time for theft and burglary has been charged for a second time with killing a Madison woman.

 

The Madison Police Department's new Cold Case Review Team says it's developed enough evidence to again pursue a first-degree intentional homicide charge against 48-year-old Melvin Parker in the 1994 slaying of Dorothy Paige. The 34-year-old woman was found stabbed and strangled in her Madison apartment.

Parker was originally charged with Paige's murder in 1998, but prosecutors dismissed the charges after a key witness fled the state. Police say they have relocated that witness, along with several others.

The Paige case is the first to be reviewed by the cold case team. Parker is incarcerated for 1998 theft and burglary convictions.

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