Cold Case Murder Solved 32 Years After the Crime
Friday, February 25, 2011
On February 23, 2011, the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office filed charges against former Dana Hills High School student Walter Lawrence Dalie (52), in the 1978 cold case murder of Laguna Beach architect Brent Tobey. Dalie is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of a robbery and a sentencing enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon.
Dalie, who was 19 at the time, is accused of going to the Laguna Beach home of Tobey (age 55 at the time) and stabbing him seventeen times in the back and head with a knife and then fleeing the scene. In 2002, Laguna Beach Police sent crime scene evidence to the Orange County Crime Laboratory (OCCL) for analysis. DNA was found on one of the items and a DNA profile was forwarded to local, state and national DNA databases. Unfortunately, there was no hit. But in August 2010, police in Laguna Beach were notified of a possible match to a Connecticut prisoner. This convict, Walter Dalie, had been convicted in the 1985 death of his girlfriend, Mary Carrington, who he bludgeoned to death with a hammer. He was serving a 50 year sentence. Officials in Connecticut had recently added newly collected DNA from current inmates serving time thus facilitating the match to the 1978 cold case.
Read the news article here.