A 61-year-old man has been arrested and charged with a 36-year murder case in Alabama after a stalemate with the police.
Alvin Ray Allen barricaded himself in his home near Mobile when a SWAT team surrounded the property to demand that he would come out.
He was later arrested about the death of Sandra Williams on September 11, 1980.
Mrs. Williams was found dead early in the morning at Clemente Court, Toulminville, miles away from her home in Summer Tree Apartments on Azalea Road.
61-year-old Alvin Ray Allen has been arrested and charged with the 36-year murder in Alabama after a stalemate with the police
Sandra Williams was found dead early in the morning of September 11, 1980 at Clemente Court, Toulminville, miles away from her home in Summer Tree Apartments on Azalea Road, Mobile, Alabama
Officials said at the time that the 19-year-old who worked at a Tammy fitness center had been raped and stabbed.
For decades, the police had not been able to arrest for lack of evidence because there was no DNA testing equipment available.
But the case was reopened last year when Williams's sister brought it to the attention of state investigators.
It is not known exactly what new evidence researchers have found, but earlier in 2017 a call for more information was launched.
Yesterday morning the SWAT team of the mobile police surrounded a house on West Cheshire Drive after an order was issued for the arrest of Allen.
Allen came home from his Cheshire Drive with his hands up after a police robot pulled his screen door out of the hinges
& # 39; Allen opened the door and after the officer had asked him to step outside, the door slammed shut and he barricaded himself inside, & # 39; said mobile police chief Lawrence Battiste.
& # 39; Shortly thereafter we had to break through the door because Mr. Allen still refused to come out. & # 39;
Allen was arrested and said no word when the police took him into custody.
& # 39; I feel the same as on the day it happened. It hurts. It never ends, & # 39; Williams told & # 39; mother Virginia West WKRG.
Allen was arrested and said no word when the police took him into custody
& # 39; It was a long time ago and she has to rest. Those beautiful green eyes of hers, that beautiful smile and that brown hair. It's time for her to rest, & said Judy Barfield, Sandra's sister.
Investigators also want to testify in the original case and re-interview Ms. Williams's neighbors. However, they have challenges in tracking down people who may have lived in the Summer Tree Apartments.
& # 39; There were many people back then who probably weren't speaking. Friends or neighbors of Sandra, people who lived in Summertree Apartments in 1980. I would like to talk to everyone who lived there, & # 39; said Sgt. Rusty Hardeman.
Attorney General Steve Marshall said: & # 39; Thanks to the great work of the prosecutor Ashley Rich, the mobile police chief Lawrence Battiste and other law enforcement officers, Alvin Ray Allen has today been charged with the murder of Sandra Williams in the 39-year-old cold case.
Attorney General Steve Marshall said: & # 39; Thanks to the great work of the prosecutor Ashley Rich, the mobile police chief Lawrence Battiste and other law enforcement officers, Alvin Ray Allen has today been charged with the murder of Sandra Williams in the 39-year-old cold case & # 39;
& # 39; On the morning of September 11, 1980, Sandra's body was discovered in a dead-end street in the 2000 block of Clemente Court in Mobile. At the time of her murder, Sandra was employed by Tammy's Fitness Center on Moffett Road and lived with Summer Tree Apartments on Azalea Road.
& # 39; The Attorney General's office in Alabama has studied this case for many years and congratulates District Attorney Rich, Chief Battiste and their staff on their diligent work to finally prosecute it.
& # 39; Let's all continue to keep Sandra & # 39; s family and friends in our prayers while waiting for justice. & # 39;
Mobile District Attorney Rich confirmed that Allen paid a $ 10,000 cash security deposit three hours after his arrest to get out of jail.
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