Kentucky man charged in 33 year old slaying
Source: Dallas Morning News ~ 20 February 1982
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — A 48- year-old man was charged
Wednesday with the bludgeoning death 33 years ago of a
high school cheerleader.
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
Baldridge had attended a carnival with friends and was
last seen as she started across a bridge to her home.
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
was charged with the crime but acquitted.
time of the lulling, Slone, then 15, lived in David,
Caudill said that he filed the murder charge "based on a
confession Slone made and upon the investigation we have
Slone made his original statement last week at the
Toledo Mental Health Center, where he was a patient
Detective Arthur Marx said that Slone had told center
staff members about the homicide and - that they
contacted Kentucky authorities to verify the incident.
that Slone, who listed an address in Attica Ohio, was
arrested at the center, where he bad committed himself
appeared last Wednesday in Toledo Municipal Court and
waived extradition on a fugitive ; warrant. Bond -was
set at 5100,000.-
returned to Prestonsburg on Monday.
vague on details of the killing but consistent with his
story," Caudill said.
detective said a preliminary hearing was scheduled
Thursday for Slone. He is being held without bond.