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Suspect named in 1989 killing

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Updated: 12/05/2013 1:22 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WFTV) -- The Daytona Beach Shores Police Department named a murder suspect Thursday in a cold case killing from 1989.

Kimberly Palmer was beaten to death 24 years ago.

Authorities said DNA played a role in the arrest.

Investigators reopened the case and ran DNA evidence they still had from the killing.

Authorities said they found a match to a man who is in prison for killing someone else.

Palmer's killing happened at a building that was once a part of an apartment complex in Daytona Beach Shores.

Palmer was described by family and friends as a beautiful young woman. She was a local waitress at the Charthouse and an area Denny's in 1989.

Police said Brian Alford, 18 at the time, beat her to death.

Investigators said there was not much of a connection between the two, which is what made the killing tough to solve back then.

Alford has been in prison for the past 24 years for beating a man to death in Fort Pierce in the same year investigators said he killed Palmer.

Police said the killing stunned the small city of Daytona Beach Shores.

"There have been four unsolved homicides. Today there are three. If you commit a crime here in the shores, I promise, we will never stop looking for you," said Stephen Dembinsky of the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department.
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