Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Monday that he has filed first-degree murder charges in a cold case from 1985 involving a murder in Lincoln County.Paul Aikman was stabbed to death in September 1985 at a rest stop on the Turner Turnpike. A news release states that at the time of the murder, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents collected cigarette butts and latent prints from the crime scene.A DNA profile was developed from one of the cigarette butts, but the case eventually went cold.In 2019, OSBI criminalists at the Forensic Science Center alerted agents that during a search of the national DNA database CODIS, a potential DNA hit was obtained and matched Earl Wilson, 55. According to the news release, criminalists then matched the latent print impression taken from the crime scene to Wilson.“Advances in DNA technology are allowing authorities to take another look at these difficult cases,” Hunter said in the news release. “Just because cases go cold doesn’t mean someone shouldn’t be held responsible, even after three decades. I appreciate OSBI Director Ricky Adams, who has put a priority on these cases through the development of the Cold Case Unit.”Wilson is currently incarcerated in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections custody for unrelated crimes.“For 35 years, Paul Aikman’s family has ached not knowing who was responsible for his murder,” OSBI Director Ricky Adams said. “Thirty-five years have passed, but we have not forgotten about Paul. Thanks to science and determined police work by OSBI agents and our Cold Case Unit, we are pleased to announce that the suspect in Paul’s murder has been identified. I would like to give thanks to Attorney General Hunter and his staff for taking this case, filing a murder charge and giving a voice to Paul and his family.”

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Monday that he has filed first-degree murder charges in a cold case from 1985 involving a murder in Lincoln County.

Paul Aikman was stabbed to death in September 1985 at a rest stop on the Turner Turnpike. A news release states that at the time of the murder, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents collected cigarette butts and latent prints from the crime scene.

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A DNA profile was developed from one of the cigarette butts, but the case eventually went cold.

In 2019, OSBI criminalists at the Forensic Science Center alerted agents that during a search of the national DNA database CODIS, a potential DNA hit was obtained and matched Earl Wilson, 55. According to the news release, criminalists then matched the latent print impression taken from the crime scene to Wilson.

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“Advances in DNA technology are allowing authorities to take another look at these difficult cases,” Hunter said in the news release. “Just because cases go cold doesn’t mean someone shouldn’t be held responsible, even after three decades. I appreciate OSBI Director Ricky Adams, who has put a priority on these cases through the development of the Cold Case Unit.”

Wilson is currently incarcerated in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections custody for unrelated crimes.

“For 35 years, Paul Aikman’s family has ached not knowing who was responsible for his murder,” OSBI Director Ricky Adams said. “Thirty-five years have passed, but we have not forgotten about Paul. Thanks to science and determined police work by OSBI agents and our Cold Case Unit, we are pleased to announce that the suspect in Paul’s murder has been identified. I would like to give thanks to Attorney General Hunter and his staff for taking this case, filing a murder charge and giving a voice to Paul and his family.”

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