RIVERHEAD - Nearly three decades after a man was found stabbed to death near Heckscher State Park, the man who allegedly carried out the crime appeared in court today to answer to murder charges.

Prosecutors say time and technology finally caught up with 46-year-old Raed Innab, of Brooklyn. Investigators say Innab was 17 years old when he brutally stabbed a man and left him to die along Heckscher State Parkway back in 1984.

State police say the victim, 32-year-old Darwish Ali Darwish, suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head. New York State Police had been going through cold cases and examining physical evidence that was recovered from the scene when they linked Innab's DNA to the scene through state-of-the-art technology.

According to prosecutors, Innab's motive was revenge. Darwish had recently been released from a state correctional facility after serving time for the first-degree manslaughter death of Carl Innab, the suspect's uncle.

Innab pleaded not guilty today to a charge of second-degree murder, and said he knew nothing about the crime.

State police are urging anyone who may have more information on the case to contact their Major Crimes Unit at 631-756-3390.