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Man, 22, charged in 2008 Burnaby murder

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A 22-year-old Burnaby man has been arrested in connection with a 2008 murder in the city.

On the morning of March 1, 2008, the body of Zdzislaw (Jim) Kutyla, 51, was found by a family member returning to their home in the 8200-block of 19th Avenue in Burnaby, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

It was determined early on in the investigation that the homicide did not appear to be linked to gangs, drugs or organized crime. After evidence was sent to the lab for analysis, an unknown DNA profile was identified. That, along with a "series of investigative tactics," helped identify a person of interest who eventually became a suspect.

On Friday, May 6, IHIT investigators arrested Steven Roy Laxon, 22, of Burnaby. Laxon, who has been charged with second-degree murder, was not previously known to police.

"This incident would be categorized as a domestic related homicide, the suspect and the victim were known to each other," IHIT spokesperson Cpl. Dale Carr said in a press release.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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