Almost a year after Marsha Ann Lane was found strangled on the steps of Lincoln Elementary School, detectives have arrested a suspect in the case.
Ventura police investigators arrested Jose Maria Garcia, 54, on Tuesday on suspicion of killing Lane on Feb. 18, 1997, just after his release from a six-month stay at the Ventura County Jail on a drug charge.
Lane, a 43-year-old transient, was dating Garcia, officials said. A friend of the pair said they were together the afternoon before Lane's death at a free lunch for the homeless in west Ventura. The two had been arguing, the friend said.
Lane, who had two grown daughters and a 4-year-old son in foster care, frequented the downtown and Avenue area of Ventura, according to police.