Man to be Arraigned on Cold Hit Murder Case from 1983

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
Omid Talai, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-9272

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that William Payne, age 47, is scheduled to be arraigned today for one count of first degree murder.

“Cold hit DNA is integral to bringing criminals to justice,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Almost three decades later, we have charged the person responsible for this horrific murder. This case shows that at times justice can be delayed but it cannot be denied.”

Payne will appear today at 1:30pm in Department 9 of the San Francisco Superior Court on charges related to the murder of Nikolaus Crumbley who was 41 years old at the time of his death.

According to court documents, on November 16, 1983, the victim was found dead at the intersection of John Shelley Drive and Mansell Street in John McLaren Park. The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the victim’s death a homicide and the cause of death from ligature strangulation.

The San Francisco Crime Lab was notified by the California Department of Justice that via their DNA database (CODIS), a match was identified between the DNA evidence sample taken from the victim and Defendant Payne.

Payne was arrested by the San Francisco Police Department yesterday. Assistant District Attorney Linda Allen is arraigning the case. ###