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Virginia police solve 1972 slaying of 12-year-old girl

Posted at 12:24 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 12:24:44-04

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Authorities in Virginia say investigators solved the killing of a 12-year-old girl who was found slain in a wooded area in 1972.

Fairfax County police said in a statement Wednesday that nearly 50 years after Karen Lee Spencer was killed, the county's office of the commonwealth’s attorney determined there would've been enough evidence to arrest James Edwards in the case.

Police said Edwards was 16 at the time and sources told investigators he was Karen's boyfriend.

The statement said Edwards died in 1997 and had previously denied involvement. According to investigators, two people who knew Edwards said in 2018 that he had admitted to killing a girl.