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Police in Seattle suburb nab suspect in 1988 Wisc. slaying

Associated Press - October 28, 2007 5:05 PM ET

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) - Police say a routine traffic stop helped them nab a suspect in the 1988 slaying of a Wisconsin man.

A patrol officer in Bellevue, a suburb east of Seattle, stopped a 42-year-old man last Friday after noticing his car had an inoperative license plate light.

The man was jailed because he had a warrant out for his arrest for driving with a suspended license.

Police in Beloit, Wisc., say the man's fingerprints ended up matching those of a suspect in the 1988 stabbing death of 22-year-old David Landwehr (LAND'-weer).

Beloit Police Capt. William Tyler identified the suspect as Ezequiel Lopez-Zavala, who was 23 at the time of the slaying.

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