MOUNT VERNON — A trial date has been set for a Knox County man charged in a 1985 cold case murder.

A charge of aggravated murder brought against Douglas E. Krumlauf, 64, Mount Vernon, has been scheduled for trial Aug. 27, in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

The charge stems from the murder, 33 years ago, of Sharla R. Spangler, 24, in Columbus. Spangler was killed sometime after 2:30 a.m. Jan. 30, 1985, when she left a Gahanna go-go bar where she was an employee. Spangler was found in a Hamilton Road parking lot later that morning. Her body was beneath a van lines trailer, and she had been shot in the head.

The charge was brought by the grand jury April 7, 2017. Krumlauf was tied to the crime after he was fingerprinted in 2015 for an arrest in Knox County. No record of the 2015 arrest exists and it was presumably expunged.

Krumlauf’s fingerprints were run through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and came back as a match for those collected at the crime scene in 1985, according to Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Ron O’Brien.

The aggravated murder charge carries 23 years to life, and is enhanced because Spangler was allegedly murdered in the commission of a felony kidnapping offense.

Krumlauf’s attorney, Sam Shamansky, was unavailable for comment.


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