Trial set for woman charged in cold case death

Trial set for woman charged in cold case death (Image 1)
Trial set for woman charged in cold case death (Image 1)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A trial date has been set for a woman accused of killing her business partner and roommate in 1979.

The Daily News Journal reports the trial of 65-year-old Christel Ann Perkins is set to begin on Feb. 10, 2014. Perkins was arrested in 2010 after being indicted by a Middle Tennessee grand jury in the death of 30-year-old Jorja L. Walter.

The women were cousins who had grown up together in West Liberty, Ky. They were living in Murfreesboro and running CJ Strippers, a furniture stripping business, when the shooting occurred.

Police initially determined it was an accidental shooting. They reopened the case in 2010 after investigators found discrepancies in statements made in 1979 and physical evidence.

Perkins has pleaded not guilty.

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