California man arrested in string of sex assaults now ‘prime suspect’ in 1996 rape, murder

A California man arrested in connection to a string of sexual assaults is now the “prime suspect” in the 1996 rape and murder of a 22-year-old college student after DNA evidence linked him to the crime, authorities said.

Nickey Duane Stane, 52, was taken into custody in Visalia on Wednesday and charged with sexual battery by restraint, forcible oral copulation and kidnapping to commit another crime, Tulare County jail records state . The charges are related to sexual assaults committed between 1999 and 2002 in Visalia, about 43 miles south of Fresno.

Fresno District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp said at a news conference Friday that authorities also plan to file murder and rape charges against Stane over the death of Debbie Dorian, whose body was found bound and gagged in her apartment by her father on Aug. 22, 1996. Nick Duane Stane, who was arrested this week in a string of sexual assaults in Central California, has now been named a suspect in the rape and killing of college student, Debbie Dorian, in 1996.Visalia Police Department via AP / AP “Nickey Stane is every woman’s nightmare,” Smittcamp said. “He appears to be a regular person and he is a sexual predator who has terrorized women throughout this valley.”

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at Friday’s news conference that DNA evidence taken at Dorian’s home was found to match evidence taken from the scene of a sexual assault in Visalia. The two police departments began working together earlier this year following new […]

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