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Court appearance for Edmonton husband indicted in 2007 Calgary wife’s death adjourned

CALGARY – The case of an Edmonton man charged with murder on a cold case in Calgary has been postponed until next month.

The defendant spoke to his attorney by phone during his first appearance in court, and the matter was postponed until March 8.

Police say the defendant was 16 years old when the body of Tara-Anne Landgraf was discovered by a passerby in August 2007.

It is said that the 37-year-old woman was stabbed and sexually assaulted in a seemingly random attack.

The defendant, who is now 28 years old, is charged with first degree murder and cannot be identified because he was a teenager at the time.

Police say advances in forensics helped with the arrest.

A DNA profile was identified from the evidence gathered at this point, but no match was made.

According to police, investigators re-examined the case in 2019, working with forensic experts who were able to identify a suspect last September.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on February 16, 2021.

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