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Eleven months ago, Trooper John F. Marshall began reexamining all the dormant cases in Fayette County and the surrounding area that fall under his purview as cold case custodian. He then worked in conjunction with the Herald-Standard to take a weekly look at the cases in an effort to try and rekindle public interest in the investigations and to look for new leads.

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After more than two years of investigation, police have filed charges against a Connellsville man they say stabbed another man to death following a party in Connellsville. Robert Leroy Daniels Jr., 42, of 233 Apple St. Apt. B, was charged Thursday with criminal homicide, robbery and two counts each of theft and receiving stolen property in the stabbing death of David Gida of Connellsville.

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Even random murders where the killer has no connection to the victim can be part of a pattern that police can piece together toward solving the crime.

Nearly 42 years later, police are still searching for the man who shot and killed James Ramsey and wounded Mary Ann Lundy Nov. 2, 1971 on  rural stretch of highway in Washington County.

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State police are investigating the death of a Melcroft man who was killed in a hit-and-run accident that occurred in the dark along a country road in Bullskin Township six years ago. Phillip F. Miller, 26, was killed along Englishman Hill Road on July 7, 2007, said Trooper John F. Marshall, who oversees the cold case investigations.