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12-02-2015, 07:45 AM

Police make arrest in 37-year-old murder case
Posted: Dec 02, 2015 5:54 AM PST
Updated: Dec 02, 2015 6:53 AM PST


Officials with the Walterboro Police Department say an arrest has been made in a case that has been cold for 37 years.


According to a news release, James Willie Butterfield has been charged with murder, first degree criminal sexual conduct and first degree burglary.

On May 28, 1978, Officers with the Walterboro Police Department were approached at their headquarters by two individuals who said they came home to find their roommate lying on the floor, covered in blood. Officers responded to the scene on South Lemacks Street to find the body of Gwendolyn Elain Fogle.


"During the initial investigation, evidence was collected, processed, and preserved," the release states. "Officers interviewed numerous persons of interest, including family and acquaintances of the victim. Although numerous leads were followed and countless hours were spent working on the homicide, investigators were unable to positively identify a suspect."