Dying man confesses in phone call to police about committing grisly murder 25 years ago
Officers say Whited, from Trinity, Alabama in the US, was ‘remorseful’ and told police he was dying (Image: Decatur Police)
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A terminally ill man has confessed to an unsolved murder that took place 25 years ago.
Johnny Dwight Whited "wanted to get it off his chest" according to officers, who say he phoned them and admitted shooting 26-year-old Christopher Alvin Dailey in the head back in 1995.
Officers say Whited, from Trinity, Alabama in the US, was "remorseful" and told police he was dying.
Detective Sean Mukaddam told the New York Times about receiving the dramatic call from the 53-year-old.
"He said 'I want to confess to a murder that I did years ago'," the officer said.
“I’ve never had a situation where I just pick up the phone and have a call like that.
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“Nothing where the suspect calls me out of the blue and wants to confess.”
Detective Mukaddam said Whited did not know the date or even the year when he allegedly killed Dailey.
But police made a record of every murder in Decatur back to the 1980s to connect Whited to the killing on April 26, 1995.
The alleged killer met with detectives and gave them information which matched evidence in the cold case, the report says.
He even took investigators to a wooded area of Decatur where Dailey's body was found and re-enacted the murder, police said.
Detective Mukaddam said Whited was "embarrassed about certain things" without going into further detail.
Johnny Dwight Whited 'wanted to get it off his chest', police said
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A police statement yesterday read: "Despite the extensive investigation, a suspect was never developed in the case.
“In the years that followed, the case was revisited several times for leads.”
Whited has been charged with murder and is being held on a $15,000 bond (about £11,000) and a court hearing date is yet to be set.