A 41-year-old Denver man has been charged with second-degree murder after blood-smeared coins and pants linked him to the 1995 stabbing death of a man found in the parking lot of Prairie Middle School.

Jimmie Joseph Crank was charged late last month in the Sept. 22, 1995, death of Michael Nilsson, 25, of Aurora, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Nilsson was discovered at 6:44 a.m. lying on his back in the southeast parking lot of Prairie Middle School, 12600 E. Jewell Ave. A school resource officer found a wallet on his chest. A penny and three quarters were on the pavement near the right pocket of his faded jeans. A few cigarette butts were found on his right side.

He had been stabbed four times in the back, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by Aurora cold case Detective Stephen Conner.

Nilsson’s brother, Steven Nilsson, had last seen him at 8 p.m. the night before when he drove him to the Buckingham Square movie theater.

Police determined that although Nilsson had no friends, he had several enemies. Police developed a list of around 40 suspects, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. But the case went cold.

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