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Slaying of Westside woman solved after 30 years, LAPD says

March 25, 2010 |  3:25 pm
More than 30 years have passed since the body of Sandra Faith Phillips was found inside her Westside home, strangled by a sexually motivated killer.

Los Angeles police launched an investigation, but no suspects were identified in the slaying of the 33-year-old woman.

On Thursday, authorities announced that they had  arrested a Los Angeles man, Leonard Dominguez, in connection with the killing, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Dominguez was initially identified in December 2007 after DNA testing was conducted on evidence recovered from the crime scene, police said. Detectives re-opened the case and uncovered additional evidence tying Dominguez to the killing, according to the LAPD.

He was arrested Monday at his home on a probable cause warrant, according to police, who have submitted the case to the district attorney's office for filing consideration.

-- Robert J. Lopez