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Florida man indicted in 15-year-old cold case murder of uncle after investigators match DNA from fork

A Florida man has been charged in New York in the unsolved murder of his uncle 15 years ago after investigators matched his DNA to a plastic fork discarded at the crime scene, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced.

Anthony Scalisi, 41, was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday and set to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement.

In 2009, Scalici’s uncle, Rosario Prestigiacomo, 64, was found stabbed to death in his Queens home, and the case remained unsolved until February, when, with the help of a public genealogy database in Florida, his DNA was matched to the cookware.

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Rosario Prestigiacomo was found stabbed to death in her New York City home in 2009. Her DNA found on a fork discarded by her nephew, Anthony Scalini, led to her arrest. (Queens District Attorney/Getty)

According to the New York Times, the district attorney’s office said Prestigiacomo was stabbed 16 times and beaten with a shovel before he died.

Katz said in a statement that this is the first time a murder suspect has been identified and arrested in New York City with the help of a public genealogy database.

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“I formed the Cold Case Unit to provide closure for grieving families and seek justice on behalf of the victims,” ​​Katz said in a statement. “This case is an example of the tenacity and determination of our investigators in this and all cold case cases, and it highlights the great working relationship that has been forged between my office and the NYPD Cold Case Unit. The defendants should not be able to evade justice, no matter how much time passes.”

Statement by DA Melinda Katz

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said this was the first time a murder suspect had been identified and arrested in New York City with the help of a public genealogy database. (Lev Ladin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Scalisi pleaded not guilty this week, his lawyer said, according to The New York Times.

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He is due to appear in court again on July 8.

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