James Leon Clay Accused in 1967 Arkansas Cold Case

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A Delaware man has been arrested in connection with a murder committed nearly 50 years ago in rural Arkansas, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

While in prison for an attempted bank robbery, 67-year-old James Leon Clay was recorded in Dec. 2014 as saying that he killed James Ricks, 27, in 1967 and had never been charged with murder, NBC station KARK reported.

The recording occurred after a former cellmate Clay allegedly told a similar story to in 2012 alerted authorities. Ricks' remains were discovered in a rural area on August 27, 1967.

Clay was arrested on Tuesday in Georgetown, Delaware, for kidnapping and murder in the first degree, officials said. He is being held without bond and is expected to have an extradition hearing later this week.

- Shamar Walters

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