Photo gallery: Cold case arrest

Spruel and her family are confronting their wounds anew with the arrest Monday of the alleged triggerman in the attack, 39-year-old James Iles Johnson. Baton Rouge police reopened the case recently and, based on new witness statements and corroborating evidence, booked Johnson with first-degree murder.
“This is a great day for justice, and it’s a great day for our cold-case efforts going forward,” Detective John C. Dauthier told reporters outside the East Baton Rouge Parish Violent Crime Unit. Investigators determined a second person was likely involved in the crime, Dauthier said, but that person has not yet been identified.

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