Arrest made in 15-year-old Bossier City cold case

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 11:11am

A cold case is now closed after a 15-year investigation of a murdered U.S. Marshal's Service employee.  After almost fifteen years on the run, the suspect was finally caught over the weekend.

New information, new evidence and new witness statements were obtained by investigators in recent weeks, which lead to obtaining an arrest warrant for first-degree murder for Haywood Bolton, said Bossier City Police Chief Shane McWilliams in a news conference Monday morning.

Bossier City police wouldn't elaborate on the evidence specifically, but it was enough for authorities in South Carolina to arrest Bolton, 36, over the weekend.

"Bolton was identified early on in the investigation as a possible suspect," said McWilliams.  Enough evidence to make an arrest was not obtained over the years until this weekend.

Bolton is accused of shooting a U.S. Marshal's Service employee, Hiram Morrical, in October 1996 outside of a Bossier City Holiday Inn in the 2000 block of Old Minden Road.

Police said the motive in this random shooting was robbery.  Authorities believe Bolton thought he had gotten away with murder.  "I would speculate that he probably did feel that way, and he was quite surprised when he was confronted with this charge," said McWilliams.

The case had been passed back-and-forth between the BCPD and the U.S. Marshal's office over the past 15 years.  "Everyone was committed to solving this crime," said Henry Whitehorn, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana. "We want to bring closure to this case and also justice to a family that has endured a great tragedy."

Whitehorn said the U.S. Marshal's office has notified the victim's wife of the arrest, hopefully bringing some peace to the family.

Bolton will be extradited from Spartanburg, SC to Bossier City within the week to face a Bossier District Court on first-degree murder charges.

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