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Cold-Case Murder Suspect Arrested

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala) -- The woman who police say robbed a central Ohio senior citizen and stabbed her death 26 years ago is back in Ohio.

Zina Roberson was scheduled for court Tuesday on a charge of aggravated murder stemming back to June of 1987. According to court records, Roberson knocked on several doors at Linton Garden Apartment homes on Delevan Drive about 10am.  When she got to #B, Roberson allegedly told renter Anna Mae Florence, 77, that she was collecting money for charity. Florence reportedly gave Roberson a few dollars; Roberson is then accused of fighting the senior as she demanded more money. Police said Florence grabbed a kitchen knife, which Roberson grabbed and stabbed the elder multiple times.

Florences relatives said they were walking to the door to pick her up to go shopping as Roberson was running out.

He wasnt able to hold onto her because she had blood all over her, Larry Cook said about his uncle at the time who tried to stop the murderer.  Shes 77 years old and you stabbed her and strangled her and youre still in her house going through her stuff.

The case has haunted Cook and the rest of his cousins since that deadly morning when they had to stand behind the crime scene tape. They grew frustrated as the case grew cold and many of Florences surviving siblings died not knowing if her killer would ever be found.

Then, this summer, police called Florences niece saying they have made an arrest through tips and the fingerprints that had been left inside of Florences home. They arrested Roberson at her apartment in Georgia this summer but she had fought extradition.

She finally was brought back to the area last Tuesday and relatives say its time they see her.

"I want to see what kind of person this is, Cook said.  I want to see what they look like. I want to see who killed my aunt."

A court date has not been set.

 
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