BOSTON (AP) _ Authorities in Boston say they have solved the slaying four years ago of a Northeastern University student from Connecticut.

The Suffolk district attorney announced Sunday that 30-year-old Cornell Smith has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the May 2008 shooting of 22-year-old Rebecca Payne of New Milford, Conn. in her off-campus apartment.

District Attorney Daniel Conley says Payne was “an innocent victim” who did nothing to bring about her own death.

He did not disclose a motive or say what led authorities to Smith.

Smith is currently serving a 12-year drug sentence out of state and it is unclear when he will return to Massachusetts for arraignment.

Another man, 55-year-old Michael Balba, has been indicted on perjury charges for allegedly lying to authorities investigating Payne’s death.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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