Cold case: A 41-year-old mystery finally has an answer

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A 41-year-old murder mystery has finally been solved.

Harris County Sheriff’s investigators charged 61-year-old David Lee Edds in the May 11, 1976 slaying of 28-year-old Rene Anthony Guillotte of Houston.

Guillotte’s body was found in the early morning hours that day on an oil field road just north of 3000 Atascocita Road.

Detectives only knew the victim had been stabbed and cut multiple times on his torso, chest and neck.

Guillotte was last seen alive around 1 a.m. that day leaving a Montrose area bar.

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Cold Case Unit investigators took a fresh look at the case in July 2014. The Sheriff’s Office said it found physical evidence linking Edds, who lived near the crime scene at the time of the killing, to Guillotte.

Edds denied knowing the victim in a 2017 interview with detectives, but detectives said he had no explanation for the evidence linking him to the scene.

Edds was charged by the Houston Police Department in 1977 for assaulting a man with a knife after leaving a bar in the Montrose area and prior arrests and convictions on charges of homicide, burglary, robbery, narcotics possession, weapons charges, DWI, bail jumping and parole violations.

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