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Man arrested in decades-old murder cases

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2020 | Firm News |

A truck driver was arrested for a murder in Tennessee dating back to 1991 and two other murders that occurred in Wyoming in 1992. The truck driver is now living in Iowa. He was charged with a second count of murder as the Tennessee victim was 24 weeks pregnant at the time, according to the 22nd Judicial District Attorney. These charges are in addition to murder charges that were filed against the man in Wyoming.

The Tennessee charges are related to a 33-year-old woman who was found strangled in March 1991 near an off ramp in Spring Hill. The victim was from Virginia and appeared to have been traveling with a semi-truck driver prior to her death according to evidence and witness testimony at that time.

After the murder case had been dormant for years, the Spring Hill police department contacted the DA’s office in April 2019 for help reopening the case. Investigators had reportedly matched DNA recovered from the 1991 Spring Hill case with DNA that matched two homicides in Wyoming dating back to March and April of 1992. The victims in these Wyoming cases were not identified, but the DNA found at the murder sites in both states is said to have matched the Iowa trucker. The trucker is expected to be extradited to Tennessee and then face charges in Wyoming according to media reports.

Murder charges are serious and can result in many years or a lifetime in prison if convicted. These charges should never be taken lightly. A criminal defense lawyer may support an individual facing murder charges and help fight for his or her rights in court.