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Man is charged in stabbing death of wife more than a decade ago

Charlotte S. Cole and Richard Keith Cole
A 72-year-old Arcadia man was arrested and charged with stabbing his wife to death more than a decade ago, authorities said Monday.

Charlotte S. Cole was stabbed multiple times behind a restaurant in Arcadia in September 2001. 

Her husband, Richard Keith Cole, was a person of interest in the case, which went cold for a decade, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

But new evidence was uncovered by department homicide investigators allegedly linking Cole to his wife's slaying, the department said in a statement. 

On Sunday, Cole was taken into custody after being charged with murder by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. He was being held at county jail.


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Photo: Charlotte S. Cole and Richard Keith Cole. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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