Investigators May Have Cracked 1984 Murder Case

Investigators May Have Cracked 1984 Murder Case

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(Brigham City-AP) -- Investigators in Box Elder County say they may have solved a nearly two-decades-old murder.

A Utah State Prison inmate is facing charges connected to the 1984 slaying of Bradley Newell Perry. Perry was 22 at the time and working in a convenience store. He was stabbed to death during an apparent robbery.

Prosecutors have now charged Craig Lee Martinez, age 34, with obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Martinez is already serving a prison sentence for weapon and drug violations in another case.

Box Elder County sheriff's Detective Scott Cosgrove says the new charges against Martinez stem from communications he made while in prison regarding the Perry murder.

Cosgrove says detectives have investigated around 300 possible suspects in the case over the years.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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