Police make arrest in decades-old murder case - CBS46 News

Police make arrest in decades-old murder case

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Griffin police announced Tuesday they had cracked a cold case, 20 years old. Larry Stanford is charged with murdering his wife, Peggy Stanford, 28, and Phillip Leaks, 36, in 1994.

"I'm just so overjoyed it's over. It took 20 years, but thank God, it's over now," said Angela Fletcher, Peggy Stanford's younger sister.

Police said the victims were stabbed to death at Leaks' Griffin home. They arrested Larry Stanford just three days after the murders, but later dropped the charges because of a lack of evidence.

Although the case went cold, both police and the victims' family members suspected Larry Stanford.

"I had a feeling it was him (Larry), because he used to jump on her (Peggy) all the time," said Keith Blackshear, Peggy Stanford's brother.

Police said they finally got a break in the case this past April when an old acquaintance of Larry Stanford's came forward with new information. That tip led police to new witnesses, which helped solidify their case.

"It was nothing majorly new, but it was information we were able to expand and clarify and just to nail down what we thought all along," explained Randy Coggin, chief assistant district attorney, Griffin Judicial Circuit.

When CBS Atlanta confronted Larry Stanford over the charges, he said he was innocent.

"Why would I kill my wife?" he asked as police led him away.

Police said a motive remains unknown. They've charged Larry Stanford with two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of burglary. He remains behind bars at the Spalding County Jail.

Scott Ballard, district attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, said he had not determined if he would seek the death penalty.

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