A grand jury has indicted a Wisconsin man in a 27-year-old homicide in Minnesota.
Richard Strain of Hayward was indicted for first-degree murder in the beating and stabbing death of a 73-year-old gas station attendant in 1978.
Strain is accused in the death of Frederick Hess, the night manager of a gas station in West St. Paul.
Police were never able to tie any suspects to the killing. But a new lead came in this June, when someone claimed a man named Jeffrey Merta had bragged that he and his cousin -- Richard Strain -- had committed the crime.
Merta committed suicide in 1990.
Bail for Strain has been set at a half-million dollars. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 26th.