Reopened investigation into 1990 Chillicothe murder leads to new information

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former suspect in the 1990 shooting death of a Chillicothe farm wife and mother of five told a California commodities investor with whom he was embroiled in a business dispute that "he got away with murder and was not afraid to do it again."

Newly released investigative records show that statement was among the threatening text messages sent by Brandon Hagan to businessman Sam Gabrielle. Hagan was initially suspected in the Chillicothe killing but insisted he was elsewhere at the time.

The records stem from an investigation by Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox. He reopened the case after a 2009 Associated Press investigation raised questions about the conviction of Mark Woodworth, the victim's neighbor.

Woodworth's conviction was vacated in January. The state has said it hopes to retry Woodworth.

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