ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) -- Police on Tuesday said they will ask prosecutors to charge a Michigan man held in a 1986 rape-slaying with a similar crime committed five years later against a Northwest Airlines flight attendant from Minnesota.
Jeffrey Gorton, 39, was linked to the deaths of Margarette Eby and Nancy Ludwig by DNA evidence found at the scene of both slayings, said Detective Lt. Dan Snyder of the Romulus Police Department.
Police on Wednesday or Thursday will ask the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office to obtain a warrant charging Gorton, who's from the Flint area, in the death of Ludwig, 41, of Minnetonka.
Ludwig was bound, gagged, raped and had her throat slashed Feb. 17, 1991, in a room at the Hilton Airport Inn near Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus.
Gorton is being held at the Genesee County Jail. He was arraigned Saturday in the 1986 rape-killing of Eby, 55. The music professor and former provost at the University of Michigan-Flint was nearly decapitated.
If a judge approved the Wayne County warrant, Gorton would be taken to Detroit to be arraigned in Ludwig's death, Snyder said.
Gorton was arrested Friday in Eby's death after his fingerprint was found to match a previously unknown fingerprint left on a faucet in Eby's bathroom. DNA evidence tied Gorton to both slayings, Snyder said.
At the time of his arrest Friday, Gorton was living quietly with his second wife and two children and working as a foreman for a lawn sprinkler service. His criminal record consisted of a 1984 burglary and robbery conviction in Florida and a 1995 arrest on charges of lifting and looking up a woman's skirt at a Flint-area discount store.
Gorton returned to Michigan after serving 2 years of a 4 1/2-year prison sentence in the Orange County, Fla., robbery and burglary. He pleaded guilty to a charge of being a disorderly person after the skirt-lifting incident and received a 90-day suspended sentence.
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