Glenn Adams, 58, left, turned in the last week for the 1986 murder of Russell Haines at Oregon Way Hotel, pictured.
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A 32-year-old cold case murder is solved after the suspect is in because he wants to “right the wrong he has done.”
Glenn Adams, 58, was charged with first-degree murder and robbery Friday after he walked into the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice in Kelso, Washington and confessed to the 1986 killing of Russell Haines.
Haines was strangled is found in his room in the Oregon Way Hotel after what officials suspected was an ambush and robbery.
Adams life was like in the hotel, a man alone in a hotel is often used as a temporary or low-income groups, at the time, but there were no suspects or witnesses.
According to the court documents, Adams told the police that he needed money and knew Haines kept large amounts of cash on him.
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Adams allegedly said he waited for Haines to come home from the supermarket and when Haines arrived, Adams put him in a chokehold, threw him out.
When Haines began to awaken, Adams told the police that he tied a cloth around his neck, choked him, and left. He was $400.
“Thirty years in the making, it was solved relatively easily,” Sgt. Chris Blanchard, a spokesman for the Longview Police Department, told KATU News. “We have no presumption that that was sufficient evidence to charge at that time. The case was cold for the last 30 years.”
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Adams, who is currently homeless and is living in California, Oregon and Washington, had tried to move in for the kill. In July 2017, he went to the police in Santa Barbara, California, intending to turn himself in, but got cold feet about the confessions of the cold case and left before officers could interview.
Upon learning of this incident, Blanchard told KATU that they are reopening the case.
Two months later, Longview, researchers interviewed Adams while he was imprisoned on an unrelated matter.
At that time, he told them specific details about the murder and gave them a DNA sample, but said that he was not willing to make a full confession, because he wanted to speak with his brother.
On Friday, he had finally known.
“He just wants to right the wrong that he has done,” said Blanchard.
During his first appearance on Monday, Adams said that he intended to plead guilty. His next court date Thursday.
Longview police are currently working the case for any additional information or evidence.
Chris Irvine is Senior News Editor at Fox News. His Twitter @chrisirvine86