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Posted: 10:25 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
GASTONIA, N.C. —
Nearly 30 years after police ruled the death of a Gastonia teenager a suicide, a handwritten confession has prompted them to re-open the case as a possible murder. Police found the body of 17-year-old Chris Farmer on railroad tracks in 1985. Now a man serving 30-year federal sentence for carjacking and kidnapping has confessed to killing him. Jerry Case claims he shot Farmer, and then placed his body on the tracks where a train hit him. Farmer's parents are hoping for justice. Police said finding witnesses to support the confession will be hard and they said Case has a history of false confessions.
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