Arrests made in 1997 stabbing death in Selah



YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A new DNA test gave detectives evidence to two arrest two men now accused of stabbing a woman to death in 1997 in her apartment in Selah.

Sixty-year-old Michael O. Gorski and 58-year-old Frank E. Brugnone made their first appearance Thursday in Yakima County Superior Court. Gorski is charged with second-degree murder and prosecutors are considering the same charge against Brugnone.

They had long been suspects since they were seen at the apartment building where Carolyn Clift lived.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Selah police and a sheriff’s deputy revived the investigation in June.

A new DNA test was conducted on material recovered from under Clift’s fingernails. That led to Gorski, who is accused of the stabbing. Prosecutors say Brugnone witnessed the stabbing and gave Gorski a ride.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic,