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Mother relieved with arrests in SC cold case

Jul 14, 2010 4:21:00 PM - thestate.com
The mother of a New York State sailor who was shot execution style 17 years ago and left in a ditch is relieved two people have finally been arrested in her son's death.

"It's great news. They finally got someone after all this time," Rosaline Horton, 70, of Sherburne in upstate New York told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday.

The body of her 22-year-old son, James Allen Horton, was found hands tied behind his back with a gunshot wound to the chest in a ditch near Summerville in Berkeley County in November of 1992. He had also been struck in the head with a blunt object.

Horton was stationed at the old Charleston Naval Base at the time. The base closed in the mid-1990s.

Several news outlets reported a Montana man, Andrew Welty of Missoula, a computer systems administrator, was arrested last week after confessing to his role in the death.

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