IT WAS supposed to be a celebration. Instead, it ended in murder. Now, nearly 33 years later, cops finally have a suspect in the vicious murder of Brent Stapleton Tobey.
On Nov. 20, 1978, Tobey was supposed to be celebrating the conviction of the man who murdered his friend. Tobey and another pal had discovered the body and at first, cops thought the cases were connected.
Now, tracking a DNA sample that had been submitted in 2002, Laguna Beach, California police have identified a suspect: Walter Dalie, now 52, serving a life sentence in Connecticut for murdering his girlfriend. Cops wouldn't comment about motive but ruled out any link to the murder of Tobey's pal.
Tobey was found stabbed several times in the head and upper body in his home at 1320 Carmelita St. by a friend. At the time, detectives had questioned his roommate and looked at any possible connection to the previous homicide. That road lead to Nowheresville. Dalie told Cali cops he knew Tobey at the time of the slaying. MORE IN THE OC REGISTER