Covington County Authorities Make Arrests In 1994 Cold Case

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By Catalina Trivino

 A murder case dating back over two decades may be solved tonight in Covington County -- a man and two women are now in jail and charged in the 1994 murder and robbery of James "Nibby" Barton.

"And we will give thanks this Christmas. It will be a good Christmas for us," Said Barton's son, Jimmy. It's the first time he speaks to us after an annoucement that his father's 20-year-old murder case may be solved.

Covington County District Attorney, Walt Merrell, says Eugene Black, who lives in Covington County, robbed and pulled the trigger killing Barton at his convenience store. Now, Black is charged with Murder, Robbery, Burglary, Domestic Violence and Harrassment. 
 
Also charged with Murder and Robbery were Sheila Williams and Sheila Brooks -- who are being considered accomplises.
 
"He cashed checks for people and so he was known to have a quantity of money on him it was solely motivated by robbery," Said Merrell. He also says another person who was involved is now deceased. This is video from last June when investigators exhumed a body at Adellum Baptist Church Cemetary.
 
"That excavation was part of this case and that excavation was fruitful to the investigation," Said Merrell.
 
It's an investigation Barton says will help bring closure to his family.
 
"Our family has waited 19 and a half years for this day and it's come to a point that we thought we would never see this day," Said Barton.
 
Merrel tells us there will be an additional arrest in this case in the coming days. That person's name has not been released.
 
Authorities say new forensics technology has also helped lead to these arrests -- including DNA and fingerprinting.

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