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Three arrested, accused in nearly 18-year-old North Park homicide

By City News Service

Three suspects were behind bars in other states Thursday in connection with a nearly 18-year-old homicide in a neighborhood just north of Balboa Park, police said.

Earlier this week, authorities arrested the trio for their alleged roles in the death of 71-year-old LeRay Parkins. The three suspects are Lester Bell and Edward Jamar Brooks, both 38, and 36-year-old Terrence Maurice Brown, according to the San Diego Police Department.

On Aug. 23, 2000, Parkins was found mortally wounded in an alley off the 3700 block of 28th Street in North Park, where he resided. He died three days later.

The cause of Parkins' death was ruled a homicide, but has not been made public.

During the initial investigation, detectives identified Bell, Brooks and Brown as potential suspects but lacked sufficient evidence to arrest them, SDPD Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

All three eventually relocated to other parts of the country.

Recently, aided by advances in forensic technology, cold-case investigators were able to “solidify the case against the three suspects” enough to warrant charging them for the killing, Dobbs said.

The lieutenant declined to specify what type of evidence led to the arrests and would not comment on a possible motive for the homicide.

Bell was taken into custody in Longmont, Colo., Brown was arrested in Tucson, Ariz., and Brooks was in arrested in Charlotte, N.C.

They were being held in those cities pending extradition to San Diego.

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