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Elkhart man charged in murder at Indianapolis hotel in 2000

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say an Elkhart man has been charged in the 2000 killing of a man found dead in an Indianapolis hotel room after his DNA matched DNA found beneath the victim’s fingernails.

Fifty-four-year-old William O. Swain of Elkhart was charged last week with murder, felony murder and criminal deviate conduct in the October 2000 killing of 38-year-old Arthur McPhaul.

After he was found fatally strangled in a hotel room, investigators retrieved DNA from under McPhaul’s fingernails, but were unable to find a match.

Swain was arrested after his DNA was entered into a database in 2018 and matched the DNA found under McPhaul's fingernails.

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