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What’s the story behind South Land Park woman’s 1990 murder?

Q: Nancy Vartanian was murdered. What was the story?

Rose, Sacramento

A: Carlos Dominguez Gomez was convicted of murder and robbery in the December 1990 slaying of 53-year-old Nancy Vartanian Walker.

Walker was found severely beaten on a Friday evening at her South Land Park home and died not long after she was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee.

Walker lived in a duplex on Campbell Lane, near the intersection of South Land Park Drive and Fruitridge Road. Police said Walker was found by her daughter when she came home about 8 p.m. Walker’s 1969 Chevrolet Malibu was missing.

A lifelong Sacramento resident, Walker was an accountant-clerk with the state Employment Development Department and worked for the state for 33 years.

Gomez, then 27, was arrested a few days later in a stolen car in Fresno and returned to Sacramento, where he later was charged with murder in Walker’s death. Prosecutors sought the death penalty, but the penalty portion of the trial ended with a deadlocked jury and Gomez was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Now 54 years old, Gomez is at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy