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Phoenix man is arrested in connection with 1992 murder case in Ohio; Now awaiting extradition


PHOENIX — Authorities say a Phoenix man has been arrested in connection with a 1992 murder case in Ohio.

Phoenix police and Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies helped take 67-year-old Sam Perone into custody Thursday. He's being held pending extradition to Ohio.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office in Ohio says Perone was recently identified as a suspect in the slaying of 41-year-old furniture salesman Richard Woods of Lebanon.

They say Woods' body was found dead in a ravine with two gunshot wounds to the head in November 1992.

Authorities say Woods was last seen visiting Perone's furniture store in Ohio on business a month earlier.

Warren County authorities reopened the case in 2006 looking for new leads and then again last year.

They didn't immediately disclose what possible evidence led to Perone's arrest.

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