Danedri Thompson
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Investigators say DNA evidence that may link Richard Hickock, formerly of Edgerton, to murders in Florida are inconclusive so far.
Authorities exhumed some remains from Hickock and his accomplice Perry Smith last year to conduct DNA testing in 1959 Florida slayings.
Hickock and Perry were executed in Kansas for the notorious murders of the Clutter family, a case made famous in Truman Capote’s book, “In Cold Blood.”
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials said the DNA analysis is not complete though to date, investigators have been unable to link Hickock and Smith to the killings in Florida.
In 1959, the Walker family was killed in similar fashion to the Clutter family. Hickock and Smith were hanged in 1965, after being convicted of killing Herb Clutter, his wife and their two children in Holcomb, Kan.
The pair fled Kansas following the Clutter family killing, and investigators believe they were in Florida at the time of the Walker family murders.
Sarasota County (Fla.) Sheriff detectives re-opened the Walker family murder investigation when they discovered that the Walkers were interested in buying a 1956 Chevy Bel Air, the car Hickock and Smith drove while in Florida.