Authorities in Texas have been able to solve a 35-year-old cold case with the help of a popular TV show devoted to crime and reality TV.
Norma Allbritton, 84, was arrested on July 1, several days after a grand jury had made a charge for the murder of her husband, Johnnue Allbritton, in 1984, found dead at his home, said the county sheriff's office in a statement this week.
The 1987 IDAHO case was resolved with DNA recovered from the victim's fingers, police said
Several weeks after the police found the victim's body at his home just outside Buffalo, Texas, Allbritton had to take a polygraph test – but she reportedly shot herself, FOX5 reported.
The trial was never postponed and the case remained unresolved.
The Sheriff's Office re-examined the case in 2015 when new evidence was brought to the Cold Justice program and a joint investigation resulted in the possible indictment of Allbritton.
"It was really a team effort," sheriff Kevin Ellis told Palestine Herald-Press on Tuesday. "Without" Cold Justice ", I do not think we could have progressed as we did, but they would not have been able to do it without the staff of the LCSO."
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The police did not specify what new evidence had solved the case of 35-year-olds, but the producers of the popular crime-themed TV show said the episode involving the & # 39; Allbritton's case would be broadcast early next year, FOX5 reported.
Associated Press contributed to this report.