Austin man charged with capital murder in connection to woman's death in 1979

Michael Anthony Galvan, 64, was indicted for a 39-year-old cold case involving the death of an 18-year-old woman in 1979. (Photo: Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Investigators in Austin say advancements in DNA technology has led to the indictment of a 64-year-old man in the 1979 death of a woman.

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore released a statement on Thursday confirming that Michael Anthony Galvan is charged with capital murder.

He was being held Friday at the Travis County jail on a $750,000 bond. Online jail records don't indicate whether he has an attorney to speak for him.

Galvan is charged in the death of 18-year-old Debra Reiding, a newlywed from Choteau, Montana, who had recently moved to Austin with her husband.

Galvan was a suspect at the time but there wasn't sufficient evidence to charge him after Reiding's body was found in her home.

The two had worked together at an Austin restaurant.

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