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Imprisoned man pleads guilty to 1984 Fort Worth slaying

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An inmate serving 70 years in a North Texas drug case has pleaded guilty to the 1984 slaying of an elderly woman and was sentenced to 20 more years behind bars.

Prosecutors in Tarrant County say 59-year-old James L. Sanders pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder in a cold case finally solved with DNA evidence.

Fort Worth police on Jan. 6, 1984, responded to reports of a woman attacked at her home. Investigators say 82-year-old Elsie Deem Stuck, who lived at 513 W. Dagget Ave.  on the city’s near southside, was beaten but managed to call a friend, who summoned help. Stuck died several weeks later.

Detectives in 2008 requested DNA testing on Stuck’s bedding and pajamas. A law enforcement database matched DNA evidence to Sanders, who was imprisoned for a Tarrant County drug conviction.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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