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Prosecutors say they've solved 43-year-old slaying of Chattanooga restaurant owner

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — An accidental find and a witness who confirmed key details of a long-ago crime are some of the things being credited with helping solve the 43-year-old homicide of Chattanooga Restaurant owner Leon Hicks.

Hicks, the 59-year-old co-owner of the Hicks Brothers Restaurant, was found lying dead at the foot of his trailer after being shot three times on March 11, 1972.

Not long after the death, Chattanooga Police received information about Harry Brooks Daniels, who was then a 61-year-old career criminal who lived in Atlanta but frequented Chattanooga.

Officials say after giving it a second look and talking to a witness, they can finally close the case.

Prosecutors in the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office Cold Case Unit said that if Daniels were alive today, he'd be charged with murder.

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