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Sandra Yi ReportingNew developments in a murder case that stumped investigators for two decades. A second suspect has now been arrested for the murder of Bradley Perry. Perry was stabbed to death at a gas station where he worked back in 1984.
The case was at a dead end until this summer when a man was arrested for the crime. The victim's family told KSL they always believed more than one person was behind the murder. Their suspicions may have been proved right.
Authorities arrested 50-year old Wade Maughan in Spokane yesterday on murder and robbery charges. Court documents say Maughan admitted to police that he and Glen Griffin went to the Perry Texaco gas station on or around Memorial Day weekend back in 1984.
Maughan said he held the victim's legs while Griffin assaulted him. The assault continued, ending with Griffin binding, stabbing and killing the clerk. Maughan also told confirmed witness reports that Griffin made change for customers before leaving the scene.
You may recall, it was blood found on a dollar bill that led to a break in the case this summer. DNA technology linked Griffin to the crime. At the time of his arrests he was serving time in a California federal prison on weapons charges. He was brought back to Utah and will be in court in January.
As for Wade Maughan, he could also be brought back to Utah to face charges.
Over the phone the victim's brother told us they found out about Maughan's arrest last night and they're ecstatic. He says it would have taken more than one person to overpower Perry. He says Perry, who was 6'2 and 200 pounds, would not have given up and let someone kill him. He would have fought back.
The Perry family says at this point, they're not ruling out the possibility of more arrests.