Date: June 3, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Suspect Charged in 1991 Homicide Case

A joint investigation by the PCSO Homicide Unit, the FDLE and the Lake Alfred Police Department resulted today in a grand jury indictment against a suspect for the 1991 murder of Lake Alfred resident Maggie Rigsbee.

A Polk County grand jury handed down an indictment today charging James Arthur Holloway, DOB 1/23/53, with First Degree Murder and Burglary in the strangling death of Rigsbee.

Holloway currently is incarcerated in the Florida State Prison system, serving a 30-year sentence for 1991 attempted murder and sexual battery cases (Lake Hamilton Police Department cases).

On March 2, 1991, the body of Maggie Rigsbee was found in the bedroom  of her home, located at 510 Tangerine Avenue in Lake Alfred. The Medical Examiner determined she had been strangled to death.

PCSO Cold Case Homicide Detective Scott Rench recently re-opened the case and began aggressively pursuing the investigation, which focused on  Holloway as a primary suspect. Holloway was scheduled to be released from prison this year, after serving approximately half of a 30-year sentence.

During the recent investigation, detectives were able to obtain DNA evidence from Holloway following an interview with him in which he discarded a toothpick containing his DNA. Holloway's DNA proved to be a positive match to DNA evidence found under the victim's fingernails.

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