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Man wanted in 1996 La. killing arrested in SC
Monday, June 13, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. — 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.
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"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.

But he was wearing a T-shirt that bore the U.S. Marshals' logo when a gunman came up to him and demanded money as Morrical tried to check in around 1 a.m. Police at the time said Morrical was reaching for his wallet when he was shot in the head.

Bolton is being held on a fugitive warrant at the Spartanburg County jail awaiting an extradition hearing. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. The Marshals Service did not specify the criminal charge facing Bolton. On the booking report, his address was listed as a Spartanburg motel.

The killing shook up the Marshals Service, and people who worked with Morrical are glad his alleged killer has been caught, said Judd Nicholson, deputy assistant director of the U.S. Marshals Service Information Technology Division.

"Bill Morrical's loss had an enormous impact on the IT organization at that time, and many of his colleagues continue to work at the Marshals Service," Nicholson said. "On behalf of these personnel, I thank all those that played a part in the capture and arrest of this criminal."

Source: http://www.thestate.com/2011/06/11/1855318/man-wanted-in-1996-la-killing.html

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