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Tenn. man indicted in 1979 slaying

Freddie Lee Johnson / courtesy NBC Nashville. Freddie Lee Johnson / courtesy NBC Nashville.
Ethel Hethcote. / courtesy NBC Nashville. Ethel Hethcote. / courtesy NBC Nashville.
NASHVILLE -

(AP) - A Nashville man is facing a first-degree murder charge for the slaying of a 72-year-old woman in 1979.

Cold case detectives with Nashville Metro Police conducted interviews and developed other evidence that led to the indictment of 60-year-old Freddie Lee Johnson.

Ethel Hethcote was found dead inside her home in January 1979. A statement from Nashville police says Johnson was indicted on Friday and arrested at his home Monday. Johnson is a registered sex offender and has multiple convictions for robbery, theft, burglary, criminal trespass and unlawful weapon possession.

He is being held in jail on a $500,000 bond.

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