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Engineer must stand trial in 1979 slaying of nurse, judge rules

November 18, 2010 |  7:27 am

An engineer must stand trial in the 1979 slaying of a Torrance nurse, a judge has ruled.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge upheld the murder charge against Douglas Gordon Bradford, 58, of Costa Mesa, and scheduled his arraignment for Nov. 30.

Bradford is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Lynne Knight, in her apartment Aug. 29, 1979. Knight was a nursing student from Canada and had broken up with Bradford before the killing. Bradford was an engineering student at Cal State Long Beach at the time of the killing.

Authorities said he strangled Knight with a homemade garrote and stabbed her more than 15 times in her apartment. The Torrance police's cold case unit took up the case last year.

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