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Alleged serial killer indicted in Texas in the fourth death

ANGELTON, Texas – An alleged serial killer is accused in the death of a North Texas college student almost two decades after they disappeared.

A Texas grand jury indicted William Lewis Reece late Thursday on a charge of capital murder in 1997 in the disappearance and death of 20-year-old University of North Texas student Kelli Cox.

Reece was charged this summer in the three other cold-case-killings in Texas and Oklahoma. Cox, 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston, the 17-year-old Jessica Cain and the 12-year-old Laura Smither all disappeared over a period of four months in 1997.

Reece was serving a 60-year sentence in Texas for kidnapping when he led the police last year to the dig where Cain and Cox’s remains were buried.

Reece has pleaded not guilty in Oklahoma, where prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

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