A former Nevada deputy attorney general was arrested this week and is accused of killing a woman five decades ago.
Tudor Chirila Jr., 77, is being held without bail in Washoe County Jail in Hawaii on suspicion of second-degree murder and a charge of being a fugitive from another state. Honolulu police arrested Chirila on Tuesday and said DNA evidence linked him to the 1972 stabbing death of 19-year-old Nancy Anderson.
Chirila served as Nevada’s deputy attorney general in the late 1970s and lost a bid to be a Nevada Supreme Court justice in 1994.
Police said that on Jan. 7, 1972, Chirila stabbed Anderson more than 60 times and left her body in a pool of blood in her Waikiki apartment. Anderson had moved to Hawaii less than four months before she was killed after graduating high school in Bay City, Michigan, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The break in the 50-year-old cold case came in March when police obtained DNA from Chirila’s son that identified him as the biological child of a person whose DNA was found at Anderson’s apartment, according to a criminal complaint.
Hawaii police had previously received a tip in December that Chirila could have been involved in the murder.
After the March revelation, authorities in Reno, Nevada, served a search warrant and collected DNA from Chirila earlier this month. Chirila attempted to commit suicide two days later, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Chirila had a previous encounter with authorities in Nevada in 1998 when he was accused in a federal indictment of being the former president of a company that served as a front for a Nevada brothel, Mustang Ranch.