Boca Raton real estate agent charged in South Florida nurse's 1977 homicide

Posted at 1:04 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 19:33:06-04

A 75-year-old Boca Raton real estate agent has been arrested in connection with the death of a South Florida nurse 39 years ago.

The Miami-Dade Police Department announced Friday that Allen Bregman was taken into custody in Macon County, N.C., on Aug. 4.

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He is accused of killed Debra Clark, a 23-year-old woman from Coral Gables, Fla., in 1977.

According to investigators on Aug. 6, 1977, officers were dispatched to 4710 SW 67 Avenue, #H-8, in regards to a check on the welfare for Clark. 

Officers discovered Clark was dead from an apparent single gunshot wound to the chest and blunt force trauma to her head. 

Police later learned that Bregman was involved in a romantic affair with Clark.  Investigators said he filed an insurance claim under her name, which led police to him as a possible suspect in her death.

Earlier this year, detectives said they took DNA and fingerprint samples from Bregman.  Police said the fingerprints matched those found on an ashtray near Clark’s bed, which is believed to have been used in the homicide. 

Investigators said DNA was also found to be consistent with evidence found on the scene the night of Clark’s death. 

Bregman is being extradited to Miami-Dade County to face murder charges.