Video Arrested In Killing Of Radio Star
New York (AP) – Police have detained a video in connection with the 1978 bludgeoning death of a radio star. The arrest comes after years of several self-proclaimed witnesses recounting the circumstances of the murder, but scant other evidence.
New York State’s statute of limitations does not apply to certain serious crimes including murder, so the time that has elapsed since the 1978 incident has no legal significance, but it may be the focus of efforts by the defendant to cast doubt on the reliability of the three key witnesses.
Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, and Bruce Woolley accused the video more than thirty-five years ago of engineering the demise of the 1950’s star, but not until 2010 did any of the three provide further details of the circumstances surrounding the killing. The allegations received wide currency in 1981 when the cable network MTV first aired them to a national audience. Other apparent witnesses have stepped forward in the intervening years with identical accusations, lending credence to the original charges.
Two years ago, Horn revealed further allegations that the video beat the star to death with an old guitar, but evidence beyond the basic accusations remained lacking until recently.
Authorities declined to disclose what further evidence prompted them to proceed with the arrest. A police spokesman refused to answer questions in specific reference to that point, saying that he was not permitted to discuss a case still under investigation. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office similarly offered no comment, but a person with knowledge of the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the police believed they were in possession of a Fender guitar also associated with the death of a boy at the hands of a seventeen-year-old Meat Loaf. The anonymous source could not remember whether it was a Stratocaster or a Telecaster, but that the deed could not have been at all easy.