MIAMI — The case of a nurse who was murdered in her Coral Gables home has finally been solved according to the cold case investigative unit.
Debra Clark, a 23-year-old nurse was found beaten and shot dead in August 1977.
After 40 years Clark's murderer avoided prosecution. But 75-year-old Alan Bregman is now behind bars charged with her murder.
Her brother, Brian Pantola spoke with one of CBS4's reporters about the case, saying that he always remained optimistic that her killer would be found and brought to justice. "I’m very very excited that Debbie’s going to have justice shortly."
Pantola also added, “It’s been a long time coming and there have been many decades of darkness.”
Bregman is a retired realtor and he was arrested on August 4th, exactly 39 years after Clark's brutally murdered body was found in her home in Miami.
Clark worked at Coral Gables Hospital.
Bregman was having an affair with Debra. He was married and spent lots of time with her at her home.
After her death, Bregman filed an insurance claim.
Pantola said, “She was everything that you would want in a sister and loved and cared about,” “We had many great memories in the short years that we had together. She was a great, great person. Her life was snuffed out way too early.”
The police found additional evidence in the case in 2014. Bregman's fingerprints were found on an ashtray that was used to beat Debra before he shot her and his latent prints were also discovered on the sliding door. This evidence was preserved for use when DNA testing became available.
Pantola said “It hurts that it’s taken so long, he’s gotten to live his whole life but I am grateful for this arrest after so many years, so many prayers. And so many other families don’t get to experience that and my heart goes out to them.”
Bregman’s attorney, Barry Wax, told CBS4 News that his client was not guilty of the crime and said because Bregman was her lover he was not shocked that they found his DNA in her house.