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Inmate charged in 1980 slayings

– A man imprisoned in California has confessed to the shooting deaths of two women nearly 34 years ago, Terre Haute police said Tuesday.

Harry L. Rowley, 61, was arrested on a warrant in January charging him with two counts of murder in the slayings of Lucinda Farmer, 29, and Mary Quillen, 28, police said. WTHI-TV and the Tribune-Star reported that their bodies, each with a single gunshot wound to the head, were found in an alley on July 4, 1980.

Investigators reopened the case four years ago and traveled last October to California State Prison-Los Angeles County, where Rowley is serving a life sentence for a separate slaying.

Rowley and his wife lived in the same apartment complex where Farmer and Quillen were roommates. He told investigators that when he saw the women leaning on his car parked behind his apartment, he retrieved a gun and shot each of them once, according to documents.

Rowley said he went back in the apartment and later moved his car so his wife would not see the bodies. He and his wife then left for Indianapolis because he knew police would be looking for him, records said.

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