The first link revealed as Debbie Dorian case heats up

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – The case of Debbie Dorian’s murder in 1996 has been cold for more than two decades, but is now heating up as the suspect heads to a possible death sentence.

Action News has revealed new information from the investigation, including the first link between the sex crimes in Vizalia and Fresno, and why the defense wants to keep the cases separate.

A red jersey and cufflinks are typical accessories for Nickey Stane since his arrest in October 2019 for a series of sex crimes in Tulare County almost 20 years earlier.

Fresno police also linked him to the 1996 sexual assault and murder of Fresno State student Debbie Dorian.

Prosecutors have combined all the alleged crimes into a single Fresno County criminal case, which his defense attorney says is damaging.

“The sole purpose is to tarnish Mr Stane’s reputation and to facilitate the prosecution of Fresno District attorneys,” said defense attorney Jane Boulger.

Boulger argues that the crimes took place in two different counties and although they are all sexual in nature, Tulare County’s cases all share some methodology that is not similar to what happened to Dorian.

“He was out on the street and reportedly was more dynamic where with Ms. Dorian there was no sign of forced entry,” Bulger said.

Prosecutors say investigators from Visalia and Fresno worked together to identify the serial sex offender.

DNA evidence led to an illegal arrest in 1996, but by 2002, technology and coordination had improved.

The DNA from the scene of Dorian’s murder matched the DNA from a sexual assault on Visalia – one of four that prosecutors say Stane has now confessed to.

However, he has denied that he raped and killed Dorian and the investigators did not know whose DNA they had collected by 2019.

Genetic genealogy showed Stane, so police collected items from his trash for comparison.

Match, so they got a warrant to collect more DNA directly from Stane, who is said to have confirmed that he committed Visalia’s crimes and the rape and murder of Dorian.

“But the question is, has this been happening since ’96. What happened to this DNA data? Has it been lost?” said legal analyst Tony Capozzi.

Capozzi says DNA evidence makes Dorian’s allegations strong in itself, but the defense will try to separate them, especially in a possible death sentence.

And he says the combination of cases could be an appeal.

“Bringing Tulare County’s cases really adds to the evidence against this accused in terms of being a sexual predator,” Capozzi said. “Does that mean he raped and killed this person? Not necessarily.”

A hearing is scheduled for next month for a judge to decide whether to close Tulare County cases and leave the Dorian murder case alone.

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