OAKLAND -- Attorney will give opening statements this week at the trial of a man accused of fatally beating and sexually molesting a 13-year-old Oakland girl in 1974.

Oakland police say that DNA evidence linked 66-year-old Curtis Tucker to the long unsolved Aug. 9, 1974 killing of Julie McElhiney.

Julie was found dead in a bathroom of her family's East Oakland home by her mother. The family did not know Tucker, an ex-convict and Army veteran arrested and charged in Julie's death in 2012.

Opening statements had been scheduled to start Monday morning, but were then delayed by at least one day by court business. Opening statements are now expected Tuesday afternoon or later in the week in Judge Larry Goodman's Oakland courtroom.

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