Kentucky man charged in 33 year old slaying

Source: Dallas Morning News ~ 20 February 1982

Associated Press

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — A 48- year-old man was charged Wednes­day with the bludgeoning death 33 years ago of a high school cheerleader.

A murder charge was lodged against Frederick Slone, who was brought to Prestonsburg from To­ledo, Ohio, for questioning in the death of Muriel Baldridge on June 28, 1949, Detective David Caudill said

Miss Baldridge had attended a carnival with friends and was last seen as she started across a bridge to her home.

The body of the 17-year-old stu­dent was found under the bridge, about 100 yards from her home. Officials said she had been struck repeatedly on the head with a blunt instrument

One man was charged with the crime but acquitted.

At the time of the lulling, Slone, then 15, lived in David, near Pres­tonsburg.

Caudill said that he filed the murder charge "based on a confession Slone made and upon the investigation we have conducted."

He said Slone made his original statement last week at the Toledo Mental Health Center, where he was a patient

Toledo Detective Arthur Marx said that Slone had told center staff members about the homicide and - that they contacted Kentucky au­thorities to verify the incident.

Marx said that Slone, who listed an address in Attica Ohio, was arrested at the center, where he bad committed himself Jan. 20.

Slone appeared last Wednesday in Toledo Municipal Court and waived extradition on a fugitive ; warrant. Bond -was set at 5100,000.-

Slone was returned  to Prestonsburg on Monday.

"Slone is vague on details of the killing but consistent with his story," Caudill said.

The detective said a preliminary hearing was scheduled Thursday for Slone. He is being held without bond.