Alabama police solve 35-year-old murder case - WRBL

Alabama police solve 35-year-old murder case

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Tuscaloosa officers have arrested a man for the murder of teenager 35 years ago.

Fifty-seven-year-old James Michael Hayes was booked into the county jail Monday night on a capital murder charge. He is accused of strangling 18-year-old Teresa Carol White on April 20, 1978 and leaving her body near Lake Nicol Dam.

Hayes is already serving a life sentence for the strangulation of Regina Quarles in August 1978. Both women were last seen at the same lounge in Tuscaloosa and they were both strangled with their own clothing.

Investigators began re-examining the case again in May. They interviewed Hayes and new witnesses before getting a county grand jury to indict him.

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