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Man wanted in 1996 La. killing arrested in SC

Jun 11, 2011 6:17:00 PM - thestate.com
A nearly 15-year search for the person who killed a U.S. Marshals Service employee at a Louisiana hotel ended with an arrest in South Carolina, authorities said.

Haywood Devonne Bolton III was arrested Friday in Spartanburg County. Marshals said he killed 48-year-old Hiram "Bill" Morrical as he checked into a Bossier City, La., hotel with his wife in October 1996.

Several cold case task forces have reviewed the case over the past 14 years. But a group of marshals working with prosecutors and police in Bossier City found information that led to two accomplices in the past week who identified Bolton as the shooter, the Marshals Service said Saturday in a press release.

"The hard work and dedication of every law enforcement agency handling this case should be commended," said Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina.

Morrical lived in Pasadena, Texas, and was traveling to Shreveport to install a computer system for the U.S. Marshals office. He worked in information technology and didn't carry a gun or have the power to arrest.

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