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Cudellious Love-Laura Hunding: Phoenix, Ariz., cold case solved

Laura Hunding, Cudellious Love
Laura Hunding, Cudellious Love

Cudellious Love has been arrested in connection with the murder of Laura Hunding, ABC-15 is reporting today. According to police, 27-year-old Laura Hunding was found stabbed to death in her East Phoenix apartment in 1989. The arrest of Cudellious Love, 58, marks the final piece to the puzzle in the 25-year-old Arizona cold case. DNA evidence taken from the scene over two decades ago helped nab the suspect in the case. Police say the break in the case came when DNA evidence taken from the scene over two decades ago matched the DNA of Cudellious Love.

Love told police that he did not know the victim and had never been in her Phoenix apartment. According to Maricopa County Sheriff case files, police responded to a call from the tenant's landlord, indicating that a dead woman was in the apartment. When police arrived to the scene, they found the body of a white female with stab wounds to the stomach and chest area. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

As police investigators processed the murder scene, they took DNA evidence that ended up being a match 25 years later. Neighbors and family members were shaken by Hunding's death and have waited many years to see the case solved. Hunding was last seen going into her apartment at night, according to AZFamily. The Chicago native had only been in Phoenix for five years at the time of her death. Hunding had worked in Phoenix, Ariz., as a salesclerk at Lee Optical. Some have taken to social media to express their feelings regarding Cudellious Love's arrest:

"Karma will get you sooner or later," said one person. Another commenter stated, "Praise God the truth will come out some time." Cudellious Love had been engaged to a beautiful woman in 2011 who thought she had found the man of her dreams. At an online gift registry site for the wedding the woman had received several congratulatory comments on finding a man that makes her happy. Cudellious Love is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Laura Hunding. Her father, William Hunding, didn't live to see justice for his daughter's murder. He died in 2013.