A San Francisco jury deadlocked on whether a local man was responsible for strangling Nikolaus Crumbley and leaving his body at McLaren Park nearly three decades ago.
District Attorney George Gascón said that despite DNA evidence linking 48-year-old William Payne to the crime scene, the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.
"DNA evidence and independent corroborating testimony linked the defendant to the brutal rape and murder of Mr. Crumbley," Gascón said. "We are disappointed with the outcome and will be evaluating how to proceed with the case."
Payne, who was a teenager at the time of the incident, was arrested in January at Walden House -- a substance abuse treatment center -- on suspicion
of killing 41-year-old Crumbley, who was visiting from Texas. Police linked Payne to
DNA evidence taken from a swab of Crumbley's rectum during his autopsy.