Tennessee Man Charged With 'Horrific' Murder Nearly 30 Years Later
By Sarah Tate
February 9, 2021
Nearly 30 years after the fatal shooting of an Indiana woman and her young daughter, police believe they have arrested the suspect and have charged him with their deaths. The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Monday that Victor Lofton, of Humbolt, Tennessee, was arrested and charged last week for the 1992 shooting.
Lofton, 57, is accused of fatally shooting 21-year-old Felicia Howard and her 4-year-old daughter DenNisha Howard inside their Gary, Indiana apartment in 1992. After nearly 30 years after what law enforcement calls a "horrific crime," Lofton was arrested by police in Jackson, Tennessee on Friday (February 5), FOX 17 reports.
The FBI's Gang Response Investigative Team (GRIT) started looking into the case in early 2019. Hobart. Police Detective and GRIT member Lt. Nicholas Wardrip said investigators interviewed Lofton in September 2020, when he claimed to not be in the state at the time of the murders and said he didn't know the victims. After interviewing witnesses and using DNA technology, investigators were able to build their case against Lofton, leading to his arrest last week.
In response to the arrest, GRIT Supervisory Special Agent Michael Peasley said the "GRIT Task Force will never rest to ensure justice for those who have been victimized, even if it's 29 years later."
Lofton is currently facing two counts of murder and, according to the FBI, is awaiting extradition to Lake County, Indiana.
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