GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A 26-year-old man has been charged with beating and stabbing a Gwinnett County woman to death nearly six years ago.
Gerson Salmeron-Diaz is being held in a prison in Milan, N.M., on an unrelated drug charge. He has been charged with murder in the death of 58-year-old Margaret Binkele.
Binkele was found dead in her Sugar Hill home on July 25, 2008. She died several days before her remains were discovered. Police collected DNA from her body but could not find a match, and the case grew cold.
Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said Salmeron-Diaz was Binkele's neighbor, but left the area before police began investigating her death. He was eventually deported to El Salvador and returned to the U.S. in December 2013, but was caught by park rangers trying to smuggle 400 pounds of marijuana into Arizona with five other suspects.