Cold Case-Director's Killing story

Cold Case-Director's Killing story

He will be extradited to Los Angeles this weekend. The case had been cold for several decades but newly acquired DNA evidence led to Hiatt's arrest and, police say, a confession.

The L.A. County district attorney's office then filed a murder charge against Hiatt and he was taken into custody Thursday.

The arrest came after more than three decades of mystery surrounding the bludgeoning and strangulation death of Barry Crane, known for his work in the 1960s, '70s and '80s on such hit shows as "Dallas", "Mission: Impossible" and "Hawaii Five-O".

The 57-year-old director was found dead in his garage by a housekeeper at his townhouse in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1985. An autopsy determined that he had been bludgeoned to death with a large ceramic statue. He was naked and wrapped in bedsheets. Police have not identified a motive for the murder. Police have not said what connection, if any, he had to Hiatt. During the interview, police say, he admitted to killing Crane. Authorities had collected his discarded cigarettes and a foam cup to test for evidence, CNN affiliate WSOC TV reported. FBI investigators then obtained discarded cigarette butts and a coffee cup from the parking lot of the auto fix shop in Burke County where Hiatt worked. With Hiatt as a prime suspect, police then compared DNA recovered from cigarette butts found in the vehicle to DNA from a coffee cup that had been discarded in a parking lot where he worked at an auto fix shop.

Hiatt confessed to the slaying when LAPD detectives spoke with him in North Carolina, where he lives, on March 8, 2019, according to police.

Video from WSOC-TV showed Hiatt, of Connelly Springs, being arrested.

In 1985 Hiatt was caught with a stolen auto in Utah.

Edwin Hiatt was arrested in Burke County for the 1985 death of Barry Crane in Los Angeles. He had been beaten and choked to death. The couple later divorced.

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Crane's murder went unsolved. But Hiatt told reporters that he didn't have a strong memory of Crane. "I don't remember the guy until they told me his name".

"Anything is possible back then, because I was big into drugs", Hiatt said.

Hiatt was arrested in the town of Rutherford College at the fix shop where he worked.

Co-workers told the News Herald that Hiatt was a generous and peaceful man.

"He wouldn't hurt a flea", Dee Hall said.

The News-Herald said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were able to collect a sample of his DNA from a coffee cup and cigarette butts he had discarded at the auto fix shop where he worked. "I didn't even remember his face", he said to WSOC.

"We've all got pasts, you know?"

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