SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.—The trial of a California man for the slaying of a South Lake Tahoe gas station employee 34 years ago is scheduled to resume Tuesday.

The trial of Andrew Sanford of Carmichael for the 1980 death of 16-year-old Richard Swanson concluded its first week Thursday in El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports ( http://bit.ly/1kWbr5u) prosecutor Trish Kelliher told the jury that DNA evidence would tie the 52-year-old Sanford to duct tape that was used to asphyxiate Swanson.

Defense attorney Erik Schlueter said Sanford visited the Shell station frequently because he was a roommate of an employee. As a result, Schlueter says, Sanford's DNA may be on the duct tape.

Swanson was working alone when he was bound and gagged. The robber took his wallet and $190, as well as $761 from the cash drawer.

Sanford was arrested in 2012 based in part on the DNA evidence.

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Information from: Tahoe Daily Tribune, http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/


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