Break In an area Cold Murder Case

Published: Jul. 27, 2006 at 1:06 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2006 at 7:01 PM CDT
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Lawrence Tutt
Lawrence Tutt

A man who is said to have eluded area officials for more than 15 years is indicted for murder. 
Newschannel 10's Marissa Bagg has the latest break in a cold case from 1991. 

The murder of 64 year old E.J. Henderson even made it to the TV program "Unsolved Mysteries" in 1992.  But it wasn't until the case was re-opened last December, that a suspect emerged.  

Today an Armstrong County Grand Jury indicted 36 year old Lawrence Tutt for murder. 
Police say he brutally beat and strangled Henderson at his home in Washburn back in 1991. 
Recently the special crimes unit was able to locate a new witness, who led them to Tutt. 
That along with well-preserved evidence and curious investigators brought the break in the case. 

"The former Special Crimes Unit from 1991 did a great job to secure evidence so we could go back and look over it and send it to the lab to get positive results," says Lt. Gary Trupe, with the Amarillo Police Dept. 
"This is a case that is a classic example of when an investigation is done right to begin with there is always hope. When an investigation is not done right, there is never hope," says 47th District Attorney Randall Sims.  

Tutt is currently being held in an Ohio prison - he has an extensive criminal history in at least two states. 

Sims doesn't know when his trial will begin, but when it does it will be held in Armstrong County.