Florida man arrested in 1974 slayings in W.Va.

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va.

Federal agents have arrested a Florida man identified as a suspect in the 1974 fatal shootings of three people in northern West Virginia.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Tampa said in a statement that officers arrested 59-year-old Eddie Jack Washington without incident Thursday. Officers followed Washington from his Tampa home to a grocery store where he was arrested.

Washington was taken to the Tampa police department for further questioning. He was being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Jail records didn’t indicate whether Washington had an attorney.

Police in Fairmont issued a murder warrant for Washington’s arrest Wednesday.

The U.S. Marshal’s statement says information was recently developed identifying Washington as a suspect in the slayings.

The statement didn’t elaborate, and Fairmont Police Chief Kelley Moran didn’t immediately return a telephone message Thursday.

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