Cold Case: Cleveland native arraigned in deadly 1994 stabbing

Cold Case: Cleveland native arraigned in deadly 1994 stabbing
Linda Booker arraigned in court. (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office)
Linda Booker arraigned in court. (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office)

The woman accused of murdering a man in 1994 was arraigned in court today.

Linda Booker was indicted in the cold case earlier this week and pled not guilty Wednesday morning.

Booker, 43, is charged with voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault for the knife attack that killed George Ellington on Nov. 9, 1994.

Ellington was a retired city of Cleveland employee.

Booker was finally ID 'd as the suspect by a fingerprint on a glass Ellington was holding the night of his murder.

In 2013, the Cold Case Unit in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office noticed a reference to the fingerprint while searching old police reports for unsolved cases that had biological evidence. Working with the Homicide Unit of the Cleveland Police Department and using the national Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which did not exist in 1994, they were able to pinpoint Booker as a suspect and build the case.

She was arrested last month by the Cleveland Police Department and U.S. Marshals at her mother's house in Birmingham, AL.

Booker is being held on a $1 million bond.

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