PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — At a preliminary hearing today, 29-year-old Nathan Williams, of Mt. Washington, was ordered to stand trial in connection with the brutal murder of a homeless woman and known prostitute.

Police arrested Williams last month, in the August slaying of 57-year-old Elaina Davis.

Police say Williams strangled the woman and left her body in a field in the city’s Uptown neighborhood.

He was arrested in November on charges of homicide, rape, deviate sexual intercourse and abuse of a corpse.

Deputy Allegheny County District Attorney Mark Tranquilli says a lucky break led to his arrest.

Investigators say they found DNA on Davis’s body, and using a national FBI database, they were able to match it to William’s DNA because it was already on file in Allegheny County as a result of his arrest and conviction in a previous crime.

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