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Suspect busted for 1996 Bronx cold case murder insists on innocence

The suspect busted for the long-unsolved murder of a pregnant Bronx woman denied ever meeting the victim despite an incriminating DNA match in the brutal 1996 slaying, according to court papers.

Gregory Fleetwood, 66, was charged Monday with the killing of Jasmine Porter based on DNA in the bizarre case where the victim’s 4-year-old son spent two days with his mother’s dead body inside their apartment, authorities said.

“I have never seen that woman before in my life,” Fleetwood claimed, according to Bronx Criminal Court papers. “I don’t know who that is. I have no explanation for why my DNA is under her fingernails.”

Court documents suggested Fleetwood, an ex-con released from prison two years before the slaying for the killing of another woman, intends to provide alibi witnesses in an attempt to prove his innocence.

The Bronx District Attorney’s office, in a court filing, asked for a “notice of alibi” detailing where Fleetwood was at the time of the murder and details about “every alibi witness on whom he intends to rely.”

Prosecutors, in court filings, cited the DNA evidence, statements made by Fleetwood and their own witnesses in closing the decades-old homicide probe.

“Not once in 26 years did detectives waver in their pursuit of justice for Jasmine — and their dedication led to an arrest,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted.

According to authorities, Fleetwood previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the Aug. 7, 1987, strangling of a woman named Linda Miller. The two drug buddies were getting high in a Bronx apartment building when Fleetwood killed Miller before dialing 911 to admit what had just happened.

Fleetwood was released in August 1994, 18 months before the strangling of Porter.

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