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Man extradited in rape, killing

August 18, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Baltimore man has been extradited to Germany to face charges that he raped and murdered a 19-year-old woman near where he worked on a U.S. military base 25 years ago, police said.

Robert Brown, a 49-year-old maintenance worker, was turned over by U.S. marshals to Hesse state police and flown to Germany on Sunday, German police said. A judge ordered him to remain in custody pending formal charges.

Brown is accused of the 1984 rape and murder of Nicola Stiel, a German teen from the western town of Bad Kreuznach.

Despite an alleged jailhouse confession from Brown, German authorities were unable to come up with enough evidence for nearly two decades until advances in DNA technology gave them the breakthrough they needed in 2002, police said.

The FBI arrested Brown in 2007.

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