Laguna Beach police have a new suspect in the 1978 murder of a local architect who was stabbed to death in his home on Nov. 20, 1978, according to a news release.
Brent Stapleton Tobey's roommate found his body in a pool of blood in his bedroom at 1320 Carmelita St., according to the release.
A man who was arrested shortly after the murder was released after being ruled out as a suspect, and the case sat unsolved for 33 years.
DNA evidence submitted to the Orange County Crime Lab in 2002 was matched with that of a convicted murderer in Connecticut, according to police. The department was notified of the match in August 2010.
The new suspect is Walter Lawrence Dalie, a 52-year-old serving a 50-year sentence for killing his girlfriend in 1985 in Newington, Conn. Dalie was 19 at the time of the Tobey murder and is believed to have known the victim.