Weld County has arrested a suspect believed to be accountable for one of many oldest chilly case murders within the county.
Evelyn Kay Day, 29, left work at Goals Neighborhood School on Nov. 6, 1979, round 10 p.m. The subsequent day, two coworkers discovered her physique in her automotive.
Day had been overwhelmed, sexually assaulted and strangled with a belt from her overcoat.
“For greater than 41 years, Kay’s household and mates and the remainder of Weld County group have been ready for the killer to be dropped at justice,” mentioned Weld County Sheriff, Steve Reams. “I’m happy to announce we took a major step in that route earlier this week.”
James Herman Dye, 64, was arrested in Wichita, Kan., and is awaiting extradition to Colorado the place he will likely be prosecuted by Assistant District Legal professional Robert Miller, Chief Deputy District Legal professional Steve Wrenn and Deputy District Legal professional Tim McCormack.
District Legal professional Michael J. Rourke mentioned that his workplace filed two counts of homicide within the first diploma March 25. The counts are primarily based on two “totally different theories of homicide.”
“The primary being that [Dye] dedicated this homicide with the intent to trigger [Day] demise and after deliberation,” Rourke mentioned.
The second is felony homicide, that means that whereas Dye dedicated a felony, sexual assault on this case, Day died in the midst of it.
Chilly case detective Byron Kastilahn mentioned that they’d cause to consider Dye was accountable for the homicide not solely due to DNA proof, however as a result of Dye and Day attended the identical group school.
Kastilahn defined that if the detectives and lab technicians in 1979 didn’t protect the DNA in addition to they’d, the case wouldn’t have been solved.
“That they had the foresight to be thorough with the proof, processing of the crime scene,” he mentioned. “That was fortuitous for us.”
A court docket date has but to be introduced.