Omaha cold case suspect makes first court appearance

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The suspect in a 20-year-old murder case was quiet when making his first Douglas County court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Omaha Police arrested Christopher Martin on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2020, and booked him for charges of first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing Todd Schumacher in December 2000. He's expected to make his first appearance in Douglas County court on Thursday afternoon. (Omaha Police / WOWT)

Bond was set at $850,000 for Christopher Martin, 51, whom Omaha Police arrested on Tuesday and booked on charges of first-degree murder in the December 2000 death of Todd Schumacher.

"The piece of evidence that it was collected on was examined back in 2001, in the fall of 2001 just the DNA testing ability at that time weren't as advanced or as precise as they are now," Det. Dave Schneider said.

Martin, a transient who hasn't held a job for at least a year, is due again in court on Feb. 24.