Texas Arrest In 1962 Murder

May 18, 2013

A man arrested in a 51-year-old killing is being held in Louisiana's Calcasieu Parish jail without bond.

Authorities arrested 73-year-old William Felix Vail Friday for the October 1962 killing of his wife, Mary Horton Vail. Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier says he intends to seek Felix Vail's indictment for second-degree murder.

Authorities reopened an investigation into Mary Vail's death after stories written by The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss. Until recently, Vail lived in Mississippi.

The newspaper reports Vail was arrested in Canyon Lake, Texas, Friday evening.

Mary Vail was ruled to have drowned, but family members found evidence tying Vail to the disappearance of girlfriend Sharon Hensley in 1973 and wife Annette Craver Vail in 1984.

The Calcasieu Parish coroner later reclassified Mary Vail's death as a homicide.

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