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Break in Turner County cold case

Jeffery Lynn Speck Jeffery Lynn Speck

February 27, 2008

Turner County -- There has been a break on a cold murder case in Turner County from over 10 years ago.

A Texas inmate has been arrested for the 1997 murder of 32-year-old Michaella Swaney. 40-year-old Jeffery Lynn Speck was indicted and arrested for stabbing Swaney to death and dumping her body off I-75.

Swaney had been hitch hiking from Florida to her native Ohio. DNA evidence shows that Speck was the truck driver that picked her up years ago before her death.

"This case indeed has been solved. We should be aware of the CODIS database and what DNA can do this day and age to solve cases that here-to-for was considered "cold" and unsolvable," said GBI Special Agent in Charge, Gary Rothwell.

Speak was being held in Texas for drug charges and is indicted for murder, felony murder, and concealing a death by a Turner Grand Jury.

He is currently awaiting trail in the Turner County Jail.

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