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Man charged in Maryland deputy sheriff’s 1971 killing

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Police say a New York man has been arrested and charged with killing a law enforcement officer in Maryland more than 50 years ago.

A police department’s news release says 70-year-old Larry David Smith admitted to shooting Montgomery County Special Deputy Sheriff Capt. James Tappen Hall in 1971 when police detectives interviewed him last Thursday. Hall died from a gunshot wound three days after he was found lying face down in a parking lot. Investigators believe Hall had interrupted a burglary.

Police say Smith, also known as Larry David Becker, was interviewed by investigators in 1973 but wasn’t labeled a suspect in Hall’s killing back then.

 

PHOTO INFO: This watermarked image provided by the Montgomery County, Md., Police Department, shows Larry David Smith in 2022. Smith has been arrested on charges that he killed a law enforcement officer in Maryland more than 50 years ago, police said Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Smith, now 71, admitted to shooting Montgomery County Special Deputy Sheriff Captain James Tappen Hall in 1971 when police detectives interviewed Smith in New York last week, the Montgomery County Police Department said in a news release. (Montgomery County Police Department via AP)

 

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