Henry Lee Lucas, Ottis Toole, Indicted In Huntington Police Officer Death
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Multiple-murderer Henry Lee Lucas and his former traveling companion have been indicted in the 1976 shotgun death of a police officer originally considered a suicide victim, authorities said.
The indictments against Lucas and Ottis Toole on first-degree murder charges were returned Wednesday by the Cabell County grand jury, said Prosecutor John Cummings.
Huntington and state police traveled to Texas in November to question Lucas in jail about his claim that he killed a police officer off Interstate 64 in the Huntington area. Authorities later matched Lucas’ description to the death of Officer Clemmie Curtis.
Lucas on Dec. 11 led authorities to the site where Curtis, 30, was found shot to death on Aug. 3, 1976, his hands bound with his own handcuffs. He had been shot once in the chest. In a note to his family, Curtis wrote, ″I think he’s going to kill me.″
Two investigations determined that the death was a suicide, but Lucas’ claim caused authorities to take another look at the case.
Cummings would not discuss the evidence presented to the grand jury.
Toole and Lucas traveled around the country together for several years beginning in about 1975, and Lucas claims to have killed as many as 360 people.
Lucas, 48, has been convicted of eight killings and has been linked either alone or with an accomplice to more than 200 others. He faces death by injection in Texas. He served 10 years in jail in Michigan for murdering his mother in 1960.
Toole, 37, was sentenced to death in April after being convicted of an arson death in Jacksonville, Fla.
Cummings would not comment on the possibility of Toole and Lucas standing trial in the Curtis death.
Following two previous investigations of Curtis’ death, one in 1976 and another in 1982, authorities ruled that he died from a ″self-inflicted gunshot wound.″