2004 murder investigation catches break with arrest of San Francisco transient 

A transient wanted in connection with the 2004 kidnapping and murder of a woman in Denver was arrested in a San Francisco residential hotel on Friday.

Billy Jene Wilson, 42, was detained by police without incident inside the hotel in the 1600 block of Market Street around 1:45 p.m., police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said Tuesday.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged Wilson with the murder of 27-year-old Gina Greunwald. Authorities said Greunwald was killed after pals dropped her off following an evening at a Denver nightclub. Her body was found later that August morning; she had been stabbed in the neck.

The case lacked a suspect until Wilson was arrested in San Francisco earlier this year in an unrelated case. A DNA sample obtained during the booking process was entered into a national database. The sample linked him to Greunwald’s killing, Denver authorities said.

Wilson remains in custody in San Francisco, where he has waived extradition, police said. He will be returned to Denver “sometime in the next few weeks,” the Denver district attorney said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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