|By Jason Nark, Philadelphia Daily News|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
It was 22 years ago, on
McGarry, who lived alone with a German shepherd, was forgotten as time passed and new tenants arrived at the Hollows. But Evesham Township police said the case, after two decades, is no longer cold, thanks to a seemingly unrelated arrest in
In November, police in
This month the
At the time of McGarry's death, police had little information to go on. Her house, according to a report in the Inquirer at the time, had been ransacked and she had been beaten on the head and ultimately suffocated with a plastic bag. Her dog, Michael, was found alive in another room.
"It was frustrating. There was just nothing," said lawyer
Melici, according to the
For Lavary's children, the news is not a surprise. Melici was charged with his murder and spent 20 months in jail before prosecutors in
"There's no more closure now than there was before," Christal Lavary told the
Lavary said she was 14 when McGarry was murdered. She said that McGarry, whom she didn't know, was handling the estate for her deceased aunt and uncle. Her mother, Patricia, had drug problems and wanted the money.
Christopher Lavary Jr. said he was 19 when McGarry died, and was questioned by police, but he never believed his father would have killed anyone.
Raymond couldn't recall whether McGarry had any relatives.
According to the
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