OK - Tiffany Johnston, 19, abducted & murdered, Bethany, 26 July 1997

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Bethany cold case reopened in hopes 19-year-old woman's killer will be found (Daily Oklahoman)
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    I learned this myself from LE when reporting about unsolved homicides and am surprised so many writers fail to have learned it as well. An unsolved murder case can never be re-opened because they are never closed. Reactivated perhaps, but not reopened.
     
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    Just a matter of usage, really. The statute of limitations never runs out on a murder case. Thus, they can never be "closed" per se. But many thousands will never again be "opened" - they'll never see the light of day. Thus, using the term "reopened" to describe a case which has lain dormant for a time, like this one, is a perfectly suitable usage.
     
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    http://newsok.com/charges-filed-in-1997-bethany-homicide-case/article/5448457/?page=2

     
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    Tiffany Johnston

    http://www.news9.com/story/31320512/texas-cold-case-could-be-linked-to-case-in-oklahoma

     
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    http://www.click2houston.com/news/cases-against-accused-killer-at-a-standstill
     
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    http://www.click2houston.com/news/investigates/process-started-to-move-accused-killer-out-of-state

     
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    Houston man confessed to 1997 Bethany homicide, law officers revealed Friday
     
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    It is terrifying how he may have killed 3 other girls in such a short space of time. Thank goodness he was caught!

    I hope there is justice for Tiffany's family.
     
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    Oklahoma prosecutors seek death penalty for Texas man accused of being a serial killer
     
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    'Serial killer', 61, is convicted in cold case murder of a teen newlywed | Daily Mail Online

    "During his recent trial for Johnston's slaying, it emerged that Reece confessed after the Texas Ranger told him he would be treated like a 'rock star' when the bodies were found.

    As part of his plea deal, Reece wanted a guarantee that he would not be given the death penalty in Texas.

    Oklahoma prosecutors are still seeking the death penalty for his recent conviction in Johnston's slaying.

    The sentencing phase of Reece's Oklahoma trial is expected to begin Tuesday.

    Johnston and the three other females Reece is suspected of killing were all murdered within a four-month period in 1997."
     
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    Jury sentences William Reece to death for 1997 murder of Tiffany Johnston

    "A jury in Oklahoma County sentenced William Reece to death for the 1997 murder of Tiffany Johnston.

    The suspected serial killer was found guilty last week of killing Johnston and then dumping her body on the side of the road. Investigators linked Reece to Johnston's murder in 2015 after his DNA was matched to DNA found at the scene."
     
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    Thank you!
     
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