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Man suspected in SFU prof murder arrested in Richmond

A 25-year-old man who was arrested in Richmond following the July 22, 2011 murder of SFU professor Melanie O'Neill, has now been charged with second-degree murder.

Matthew Scott was arrested Saturday at his home on the 100 block of W. 13th Avenue, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

O'Neill, 37, was described by police as a "brilliant young scientist" who was found murdered in her apartment. She was a chemistry professor and received her PhD in physical organic chemistry from Dalhousie University. Her death sparked an intensive seven-month investigation.

Lindsey Houghton said Scott was originally a person of interest, but he's been the sole suspect in her death from an early point in the investigation.

Vancouver Police confirmed last year that they had taken into custody a man who knew the owner of the home where the murder occurred.

Scott had an "on-and-off relationship" with O'Neill, according to Port Moody Police detective Paul Dungey, who along with Vancouver Police detective Sally Davies, were the lead investigators in this case.

—Martin van den Hemel

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