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Man ordered held in 1990 killing

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A 65-year-old man was ordered held without bail Monday in a Providence killing 24 years ago.

Daniel Serrano was arraigned in Providence District Court on a charge of murder.

Police said Serrano confessed to the February 1990 killing of Michael Holliday, who was 32 when he was found beaten to death inside an apartment on Somerset Street in Providence.

David Valentin lives on the street now.

"Kind of crazy -- 24 years ago. His conscience must have been playing with him. He couldn't deal with it, to turn himself in like that. It's a good thing now," Valentin said.

Serrano walked into Providence police headquarters late last week and confessed to the crime. Investigators said he knew details only a suspect would know.

"He knew specifics about weapons, about locations," Maj. David Lapatin said.

Lapatin said Holliday died of blunt force trauma, but he would not comment on a murder weapon. He also said Serrano told investigators at the time of the killing, he thought Holliday was someone else, a case of mistaken identity.

Serrano's confession led investigators to go back into their files and take another close look at the cold case to corroborate what Serrano was telling them.

"We also contacted retired detectives. So, it was a lot of work over the last couple of days. It's certainly paid off," Lapatin said.

Holliday had no wife or children, but other family members -- his sister and other relatives -- were in court Monday. They told reporters they didn't want to say anything while the case was ongoing.

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