Sacto 9-1-1
February 9, 2009
Sacramento police link prison inmate to 1995 slaying

suspect.jpgFrom Niesha Lofing:

Police cold case detectives have linked a prison inmate to the 1995 slaying of a Sacramento man.

Sacramento police detectives obtained an arrest warrant Tuesday naming Kevin Dunigan (left photo), 45, as the alleged assailant in the death of Gary Veirs, police Sgt. Norm Leong stated in a news release.

Veirs, 36, was found stabbed to death about 6:14 p.m. Aug. 29, 1995, in front of his home in the 7300 block of Stockdale Street.

victim.jpgVeirs (right photo) was killed after chasing and hitting a man who had commented to Veirs' girlfriend, who was in the front yard when the man walked by, according to a past Bee article.

Veirs died at UC Davis Medical Center.

The assailant was described as a black man in his early 30s, between 5-foot-10 and 5-foot-11, Leong said.

In September 2006 cold case Det. Pat Keller reviewed the case and requested that foreign DNA found on the victim be examined. In December, the DNA match was found, and Dunigan was identified as the alleged assailant, he said.

Dunigan was on parole at the time. He is in state prison on unrelated charges.

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