A Gardena man has been charged with killing a Desert Hot Springs woman in 1994.
Sharron Eugene Gadlin, 48, was arrested Friday, March 4, in connection with the murder of Cheri Huss, according to spokesman John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. His arraignment was postponed Tuesday, March 8, to March 25.
Huss, 39, was found dead in her apartment on Parma Drive in Desert Hot Springs on April 24, 1994. According to Hall, she had been stabbed multiple times and was bitten by the killer.
Investigators discovered that she had fought off her attacker, causing the assailant to leave blood. Hall said blood and saliva found at the scene had matching DNA, but at the time, no identity was discovered, causing the case to go cold.
It was only in February that forensic genetic genealogy was used to identify Galdin as a person of interest in the case. Investigators further discovered that Galdin lived about 12 miles away from the death scene in 1994.
After receiving a warrant to obtain Galdin’s saliva, it was discovered that there was a match with the DNA collected at the crime scene, officials said. Investigators located and arrested Galdin on March 4 and booked him into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta where he was held Tuesday on $1 million bail.
Riverside County prosecutors charged Galdin on Friday with one felony count of murder along with sentence-enhancing allegations of using a weapon during the felony.