Police Say Former Inmate Responsible For 1981 Murder Of Motel Clerk

Police have closed a 1981 murder case. They say newly tested evidence proves a former inmate who died a few years ago committed the crime.

Clyde Dewar Sykes was working as a motel night clerk in Raleigh when he was severely beaten May third, 1981. He died five days later.

Police say fingerprints were re-examined during a review of the case that began last year. The prints link Everett Julious Alston to the crime.

Alston, who was 45 at the time but died of natural causes in 2000, had a history of committing violent crimes and was arrested in Durham nine days after Sykes died. Police say Alston also closely matched witness descriptions of a suspicious man seen at the motel the night of the beating.