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North Carolina man charged in slaying of girlfriend almost 20 years ago

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Authorities in Raleigh say they have cracked a cold case and have charged a Concord, North Carolina, man with first-degree murder in the slaying of his girlfriend almost 20 years ago.

Authorities tell area media outlets that Edwin Christopher Lawing, 40, was arrested in Cornelius, North Carolina and charged on Wednesday. A Wake County grand jury indicted Lawing in the 1996 slaying earlier this week.

It was not immediately clear if Lawing has an attorney.

Authorities say 20-year-old Shaw University student Lacoy McQueen was missing for nearly a year before her remains were found near Kittrell, north of Raleigh.

Lawing, a student at North Carolina State University, was arrested and charged. But the charges were later dismissed for lack of evidence.

Police said at the time that friends told them the couple had argued the day before McQueen disappeared on May 16, 1996. She was reported missing the next day.

"Police believe the crime occurred in the suspect's dorm room at N.C. State," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said, adding that evidence tests that weren't available at the time of McQueen's death resulted in the new charge.

As a result of the new tests, homicide detectives from Raleigh met with prosecutors earlier this year to discuss bringing charges against Lawing.

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