Charged in Lawyer’s Murder

Authorities have arrested a man in the decade-old murder of a Portland public defender.

The Portland Police Bureau said Christopher Alexander Williamson, 28, was taken into custody on Friday for the death of Nancy Bergeson, a prominent lawyer.

It’s unknown if Williamson, who would have been 19 years old at the time, knew Bergeson, who was a long-time assistance federal public defender, authorities said.

She was found dead at the age of 57 in her southwest Portland home in November 2009. It was eventually determined that she was strangled to death. But at the time she was discovered, her body was removed from the crime scene because authorities initially believed she died of natural causes. That hampered the investigation and the cold case remained a mystery for years.

Police say they tracked down Williamson after a number of leads.