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POSSIBLE SUSPECT EYED IN SLAYING OF JEWELER

A possible suspect has emerged in the gangland-style shooting of a jeweler last year on a busy sidewalk near Manhattan's Diamond District, police said Friday.

The 37-year-old suspect, who has a long criminal record, has been in custody since November in an unrelated shooting in the Bronx. Investigators have matched ballistics evidence from the Bronx case to that from the Diamond District slaying, police said.

Eduard Nektalov, 46, was gunned down two months before he was to go on trial with his father, Roman, on federal charges they helped launder drug money for Colombian dealers at their business, Roman Jewelry.

Police investigators have said they don't believe the unsolved killing stemmed from the money-laundering case.

Last July, a jury acquitted Roman Nektalov, 75, of conspiracy, money laundering and two other charges alleging he sold gold to Colombian drug dealers during a sting operation. He was convicted on a fifth count involving a diamond sale; sentencing was pending.