Tucson man arrested in connection with 1988 Calif. slaying

2013-09-10T00:00:00Z 2013-09-10T00:10:01Z Tucson man arrested in connection with 1988 Calif. slayingCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

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 in connection with 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 bond. He is awaiting an extradition hearing, said Baker.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at cduarte@azstarnet.com or 573-4104.

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