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  • Possible Sniper Link to Tucson

    It appears that Malvo and Williams were in my town and may have killed here in March.

    Tucson Citizen
    Nov. 5, 2002
    Tucson police are re-investigating the killing of a golfer at the Fred Enke Golf Course on Tucson's far East Side amid suspicion the 60-year-old man may have been felled by the Beltway sniper suspects.
    Chief Richard Miranda said his department was called late Friday by the FBI here and told the Montgomery County (Maryland) Task Force looking into the sniper shootings had asked that Tucson police look into the killing of Jerry R. Taylor.
    Taylor was shot to death at a distance while practicing his game near the course's chipping green on March 19 , Miranda said.
    He said something was taken from Taylor, but he would not say what that was.
    No bullets were recovered from Taylor's body during an autopsy, but pathologists thought, based on the type of wound, that the man had been felled by a rifle bullet, Miranda said.
    In addition to similarities in Beltway sniper cases and Taylor's killing, Miranda said suspects John Allen Muhammad, 41, and John Lee Malvo, 17, were in Tucson in March to visit Muhammad's sister, who then lived on the Southeast Side.
    Miranda said the woman, who went by the name Odessa Newell when living here, has moved to New Orleans and now goes by the name Odessa Williams. Miranda did not know when she left Tucson and said that is one of the things detectives will look at.
    Miranda said Muhammad and Malvo came here in March by bus from Los Angeles.
    Assistant Chief Robert Lehner, head of investigations, said, "The task force has pretty much confirmed that both John Muhammad and Malvo were in Tucson at least the week before the (Taylor) homicide and possibly the week of the homicide."
    Miranda said detectives do not know when the pair left here, but will try to determine that.
    Miranda said the area of the golf course where Taylor was killed has been closed off and detectives will re-examine it for additional evidence in the killing.
    A police dog capable of finding spent firearm cartridge cases, assisted by a similar dog on loan from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Seattle, will search the area for cases, Miranda said. No spent cartridge cases were found just after Taylor's killing.
    Detectives also will re-examine other evidence in the case and will re-interview witnesses and may develop new witnesses who also will need to be interviewed. Police have said no one actually saw Taylor get shot. His body was found by another golfer looking for golf balls.
    The re-investigation could take at least two weeks, Miranda said.
    "Essentially we're going to be starting from scratch," he said.
    "We're looking at these two people as suspects, but if they turn out not to be involved in the case, then we still have a killer out there, so I'm not going to say too much about the case," Miranda explained late this morning.
    Miranda said he has ordered detectives to also look at other homicides here in an effort to determine whether any other Tucson killings could be the snipers' work.
    Muhammad and Malvo were arrested late last month in the sniper case. They are facing charges in connection with shooting deaths in Alabama and Louisiana, as well as in shootings that left 10 dead and three wounded in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

    Sniper story.

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