Henry H. Newell Jr. was right there in the thick of it from the very beginning.
It was Newell who claimed to have seen the killer of 14-year-old Christie Mullins wielding a board behind Graceland Shopping Center in Columbus, OH on Aug. 23, 1975.
It was Newell, then 25, who claimed to have found the girl’s battered body as the killer ran off, triggering a murder investigation that rattled Clintonville and devastated Mullins’ family.
And it was Newell who helped to direct the blame onto Jack Carmen, a developmentally disabled man who would be charged with Mullins’ murder and spend two years under intense scrutiny and behind bars, until he was acquitted at trial in 1977.
On Friday, more than 40 years after Mullins was killed, Columbus police said with confidence what they conceded could have been said long ago： It was Newell who killed Christie Mullins.
Eric Pilya, Sgt. of the homicide cold-case unit said police had enough evidence to charge Newell, but it no longer mattered. He died of cancer in 2013.
in the thick of something：慣用語，完全參與某活動或涉及某情況。例句：She didn’t want to have anything to do with planning the New Year party at first, but now she’s in the thick of it now.（她起先不想與策劃新年趴有任何瓜葛，但她現在已徹底參與其中。）
run off：慣用語，逃跑。例句：Some naughty kids rang our doorbell and then ran off.（一些頑皮的小鬼按了我家的門鈴後就跑了。）