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Old 11-14-2019, 12:45 PM
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Default Black Connecticut man charged in 1987 ‘heinous’ double murder cold case

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Connecticut man charged in 1987 ‘heinous’ double murder cold case
By Joshua Rhett Miller
November 14, 2019 | 12:00pm | Updated


Willie McFarland
Hamden Police Department


A convicted sex offender in Connecticut has been charged with a 32-year-old double homicide — more than two decades after he confessed to nearly decapitating a man and his son, authorities said.

Willie McFarland, 52, of New Haven, was arrested Wednesday in the August 1987 slayings of Fred Harris, 59, and his 23-year-old son, Greg Harris, who were found dead in their Hamden home with their throats deeply slit after being tied up with telephone cords, the Hartford Courant reports.

McFarland actually admitted to killing the men in 1996 while imprisoned for sexual assault, but investigators were unable to charge him because no physical evidence linked him to the crime, the newspaper reports.

But advances in DNA testing recently confirmed what Hamden cops had suspected all along, according to the detective who took McFarland’s confession.

“It’s a crime that none of us will ever forget,” Capt. Ronald Smith told the newspaper. “We’ve been living with that case for many, many years and to have it finally end with an arrest, it’s just an incredible feeling.”

Just hours after the murders, McFarland had been arrested in New Haven on charges of sexually assaulting a person with a knife, records show.

A week later, McFarland was interviewed in connection with what police described as the “extremely heinous” Harris slayings, but he insisted he wasn’t involved and only knew Greg Harris from the car wash business where they worked, the Courant reports.

In 1996, McFarland, who said he found religion while locked up and infected with HIV, told police he wanted to confess to the slayings, ultimately giving several interviews over several months.

But without physical evidence, prosecutors ultimately refused several applications for an arrest warrant, the Courant reports.

Police in Hamden again thought they had the evidence they needed in 2006, but McFarland refused to cooperate with investigators and had to be restrained to obtain a DNA sample, an arrest warrant affidavit shows.

Those DNA tests didn’t link McFarland to the scene, but new methods conducted on a yellow glove found inside the Harrises’ home tied him to the slayings late last year, the Courant reports.

Acting Hamden Police Chief John Cappiello said the arrest should serve as a warning for other suspects who may have eluded capture for decades.

“There are a lot more cold cases being solved because of DNA advancement and scientific technology,” Cappiello told the newspaper. “Keep looking over your shoulder, we may be coming.”
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