Tucson man arrested; linked to 1988 slaying in Redlands, Calif.

2013-09-09T16:45:00Z 2013-09-10T00:10:39Z Tucson man arrested; linked to 1988 slaying in Redlands, Calif.Carmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 09, 2013 4:45 pm  • 

A Tucson man was arrested on the eastside Monday in connection with a 1988 slaying of a woman in Redlands, Calif., authorities said.

Jimmy B. Morrison, 63, was taken into custody at 8:20 a.m. by the sheriff's Fugitive Investigative Strike Team and detectives of the Redlands Police Department, said Deputy Tracy Suitt, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Morrison was wanted for the June 15, 1988 killing of Catherine Dade, 56, director of the Guadalupe Boys Home in Yucaipa, said Carl Baker, spokesman for the Redlands Police Department.

At the time, Morrison was the assistant director at the boys home, said Baker.

Dade's body was discovered the same day of the killing in her Redlands home after she failed to show up to work, Baker said. Dade suffered blunt force trauma and other injuries, he said.

Homicide detectives identified Morrison as a person of interest, but the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges at the time, said Baker.

Detectives of the Redlands Police Department reopened the case in 2005.

On Aug. 23, they obtained an arrest warrant for Morrison, and worked with the sheriff's department to take Morrison into custody, Baker said.

Morrison was booked into the Pima County jail in lieu of $1 million bail. He is awaiting an extradition hearing, said Baker.

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