Man who confessed to cold case killing in court

LAS VEGAS - A man, police say, confessed to a cold case murder that happened 26 years ago, made his first appearance in court Wednesday morning.

Dale Bryant was extradited back to Nevada for the murder of Carol Bishop in 1991.

It turns out Bryant was in an Arkansas prison for the past 25 years serving a life sentence for fatally stabbing another woman just a few months after Bishop's death.

Bryant is now 63 years old. He showed up in court in a wheelchair.

A judge decided to continue his case since Bryant said he couldn't afford his own attorney.

Police say they discovered Bishop in her bedroom. She had been stabbed numerous times and struck in the head.

Though the murder happened decades ago, detectives were able to crack the case by re-testing fingerprints at that crime scene.

Investigators found Bryant's fingerprints on a liquor bottle and shot glass. They had his prints on record because Bryant served time in Idaho for rape and burglary.

Last May, two Las Vegas detectives flew to Arkansas to speak to Bryant. They told him he wasn't getting out of prison alive so he might as well confess to the crime.

"He doesn't say anything for several minutes, and Dean and I are sitting there and waiting, and he tells us, 'I'm not going to give you a statement, but I did it.' You still hear that great sense of relief in a family member that somebody has been caught, somebody is going to pay a price for what happened," said Ken Hefner, Metro.

Police still don't know what motivated Bryant to kill Bishop. They do say, he has a sordid history with alcohol and women.

Bryant will face a judge again on Thursday morning at 7:30.


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