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Fresno Police Anticipate Arrest For 1996 Murder Of Debbie Dorian

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer gave a press conference regarding a breakthrough in a 20-year-old murder investigation.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer stepped back into uniform Friday to announce a breakthrough in a 20-year-old murder investigation. At a press conference, Dyer announced that Visalia resident Nickey Stane is the primary suspect in the 1996 rape and murder of 22-year-old Debbie Dorian.

“We anticipate the arrest of Stane for that murder and rape in the very, very near future once some additional investigative work is comepleted by detectives,” said Dyer.

Fresno and Visalia police officers arrested Stane Wednesday at his home in Visalia on a warrant for a different sexual assault crime in Tulare County. Dyer said they connected Stane to the 1996 Fresno crime using the same genealogy technology Sacramento law enforcement used to arrest the Golden State Killer. Stane is currently being held in custody in Tulare County.

Laura Tsutsui was a reporter and producer for Valley Public Radio. She joined the station in 2017 as a news intern, and later worked as a production assistant and weekend host. Laura covered local issues ranging from politics to housing, and produced the weekly news program Valley Edition. She left the station in November 2020.
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