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Riverside police make arrest in cold case killing

Maico DuarteNew DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a suspect in the slaying of a 29-year-old Riverside man that had gone unsolved for more than 11 years, authorities said Thursday.

Martin Daniel Bardarin was shot and killed in his driveway early on April 13, 2000, near Park and 11th Streets. Riverside police detectives interviewed several witnesses at the time, but no suspects were taken into custody.

Homicide investigators reopened the case in January and, using federal grant money provided to analyze DNA evidence in cold cases, they tested material found at the murder scene.

Sgt. David Amador said the DNA analysis identified a previously unknown second victim who had survived the shooting. That evidence eventually led to the suspect: Maico Giovanni Duarte, 31, of Riverside, who was arrested on suspicion of murder. He also faces charges of being involved in a criminal street gang and the use of a deadly weapon, police said.

Both Duarte and Barbarin were members of the Eastside Riva street gang in Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood at the time of the shooting, police said. Duarte is in state prison on an unrelated conviction.


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-- Phil Willon in Riverside

Photo: Maico Giovanni Duarte Credit: Riverside Police Department

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