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Suspect Identified in '98 Slaying of Former Gilmore Mayor

MARION, AR - A Crittenden County investigator says a suspect in the 1998 slaying of a Gilmore grocer and former mayor in 1998 is waiting to be extradited from Texas.  Investigator Thomas Martin says 55-year-oldf Melvin Boyd was serving a sentence in Texas for a parole violation.

Martin said Boyd faces charges of capital murder and aggravated robbery stemming from the slaying of 74-year-old grocery Emmitt Luther.  The investigator said Boyd had also served prison time in Arkansas, Illinois, and Kentucky on other convictions.  As Martin put it, "He's a chronic criminal."

The deputy said Boyd, a Gilmore native, came to investigators' attention after they began reviewing the cold case and interviewing people  who were able to place Boyd at the scene of the crime.

Luther, owner of Luther's Lucky Dollar Store, was found dead inside his store on February 3, 1998.  Police said $20 and $5 bills were missing from the cash register.  The crime shocked the small town, as Luther was known for allowing customers to buy groceries on credit or lending them money.

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