After 32 years, suspect is arrested in connection with death of Fontana man | News

A man from Fontana was stabbed to death 32 years ago, and last month a suspect was convicted in connection with the crime, according to the Fontana Police Department.

The incident happened on March 25, 1990, when the victim John Carl Burkhardt, 71, was found dead in the living room of his home at 8680 Mango Avenue. Burkhardt was stabbed several times and his house looted. A close friend of the victim found him in his apartment as he did not show up in the morning.

Investigators at the time pursued and exhausted all tracks and the matter went cold.

Then, in 2003, a witness came out, saying she was a witness to the murder, and identified the suspect as Michael Joseph Vance (who is now 56).

The witness said Vance asked her to go with him to get his salary from the victim. A dispute arose between the victim and the suspect over the money owed to the suspect. The suspect took a steak knife from the kitchen and hit the victim several times. After his death, the suspect and witness stole items from the apartment before leaving.

During the initial investigation, numerous pieces of evidence were collected from the test technicians, including fingerprints from inside the apartment. Over the years with technological advances, the suspect’s fingerprints have been found inside the apartment and on the murder weapon, PD Fontana said.

During an interview, the suspect denied knowing the victim, doing work for the victim and being inside the apartment.

In September last year, the case was filed in the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office, and Vance was charged with murder, manslaughter, and use of a dangerous or deadly weapon.

In April, Vance accepted a plea for voluntary murder. Vance will serve his sentence in state prison at the same time as another sentence he is currently serving on an unrelated charge.

In a PD post on Facebook on May 9, Fontana Police Detective Kathryn Clark and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Murder Division Cold Affairs Division were praised for their work in resolving the case.

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