BRIDGEPORT – Police arrested a man Friday in connection with a 2007 cold case homicide.
Members of the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force arrested Nirone Hutton, 29, on charges of murder, criminal possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a pistol without a permit.
His bond was set at $750,000.
The shooting happened on Feb. 27, 2007, in the Charles F. Greene Homes housing complex. The victim, Juan Marcano, was shot twice in the back. The following day, the U.S. Marshals task force recovered a handgun from an apartment in the same complex while serving an unrelated felony arrest warrant.
Marcano died in April 2007 from complications from the shooting. In an autopsy, two slugs, which previously couldn’t safely be removed, were recovered.
Ballistic analysis linked the slugs to the seized weapon.
According to Detective Heitor Teixeira, Hutton’s name surfaced as a possible suspect early in the investigation. It is believed that the victim was lured into a building in the project, got into a physical altercation and was shot in the back.
Then, in July 2013, detectives developed additional information implicating Hutton as the shooter, providing police with the probable cause to secure an arrest warrant.
Capt. James Viadero said the arrest in the case was due to the “tenacity” of investigators.
“Those homicide cases are never closed,” said Viadero. “They may go cold but they’re never closed.”
Teixeira contacted the victim’s mother on Friday to alert her to the arrest.
“That’s the best part of the job,” he said.