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UPDATE: Town of Madison police offer reward, seek answers in 1986 murder


MADISON (WKOW) -- Town of Madison police say they haven't issued a warrant for anyone's arrest, but they do definitely have suspects in the 1986 murder of 20-year-old Andrew Nehmer.

Nehmer, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, was stabbed and killed during the armed robbery of the Open Pantry convenience store where he worked.

And the detective assigned to the case said at a news conference Wednesday it's fair to call Donald Braxton a person of interest in the case.

Braxton, who Detective David Bongiavoni says now lives in Colorado, served time for three armed robberies in the Madison area that happened the month Nehmer was killed.

Det. Bongiavoni said at Wednesday's news conference he knows people have information about Nehmer's murder that would help in their investigation and implied police are close to bringing charges in the case.

"There's time where, as investigators, we're comfortable seeking an arrest warrant," he said. "But we're not the people who prosecute the case. And sometimes the people that do)prosecute the case) require a little more, and that's what we're going at. We don't need a whole lot more than a little bit more."

Open Market Food Pantries of Wisconsin is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Police say they hope that compels those with the info to come forward.

"They're reluctant to get involved," Bongiavoni said. "And there was a question relative to reward. that's what motivated us to seek a reward. I know who has information that would be pertinent to this case. They're just not giving it to us."

"We're looking for people who are willing to come forward now that may not have been willing to come forward 27 years ago and talk with us," said Town of Madison Police Chief Scott Gregory.

If you have information about the murder of Andrew Nehmer you can call Town of Madison police at (608) 210-7253


MADISON (WKOW) -- Police say they have identified a suspect in a decades-old cold case in Madison. 

The Town of Madison Police Department is investigating the 1986 death of Andrew Nehmer.

He was stabbed to death outside the Open Pantry on South Park Street.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that authorities have now identified a suspect in Nehmer's death, 49-year-old Donald Braxton.

The newspaper says Braxton is identified in a 2011 search warrant filing, but has not been charged in the case.

Police are set to release more details at a news conference Wednesday.

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