More sophisticated DNA test leads to arrest in 1990 killing

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Authorities say DNA collected at the 1990 strangulation of a woman in a North Augusta hotel room has led to the arrest of her killer 25 years later.

Police said in a news release Friday that 44-year-old Vincent Hampton has been charged with murder in Aiken County after unsuccessfully fighting extradition from Augusta, Georgia, where he was in jail serving 12 months for simple battery.

Investigators say new techniques allowed them to do more sophisticated testing on DNA found with 45-year-old Gloria Dickinson after she was found dead in a motel in 1990. Police say those new tests and a national DNA database linked the evidence to Hampton.

Hampton is being held in the Aiken County jail. His lawyer in Georgia did not return a message Friday.