WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- A man has been arrested for the 1980 killing of a Williamson County woman.
On Tuesday the Williamson County Sheriff's Office announced that 53-year-old Steven Alan Thomas, formerly of Garland, Texas, was arrested for the Nov. 4, 1980, killing of 73-year-old Mildred H. McKinney in her Williamson County home. Thomas faces a capital murder charge.
Serial killer Henry Lee Lucas previously confessed to the crime, but on June 27 the DNA proof that tied Thomas to the murder cleared Lucas.
Thomas was arrested in Austin this week by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. His bond has been set at $1 million.
The FBI, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Release, Garland Police Department, Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab helped with this investigation.
A statement was released from Bob Stapleton, Mildred McKinney's grandson:
"My family and I are very grateful with this unexpected news. News which comes bittersweet that it was not realized before the passing of first our father and then our mother over the last year and a half, but it does not alter our sincere gratitude to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office and Sgt. John Foster for their (his) years of tireless and steadfast work in solving this case. Without their resolve, their determination, and their passion for this cold case we may have never known closure to my grandmother's story. She was a glorious woman who my family and I love and cherish and who will continue to live on in our fondest memories."
If you have information about this case you are asked to call the Williamson County Sheriff's Office at (512) 943-1300.