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Boyfriend arrested in Opelika cold case murder

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Arthaniel Bernard Stanton was arrested earlier this week for killing his girlfriend eight years ago, Opelika police announced Friday. Arthaniel Bernard Stanton was arrested earlier this week for killing his girlfriend eight years ago, Opelika police announced Friday.
OPELIKA, Ala. -

The boyfriend of a woman killed in 2006 has been arrested for her death, the Opelika Police Department announced Friday.

Earlier this week, Arthaniel Bernard Staton was arrested in Columbus, where he waived extradition and was transported back to Lee County Thursday, Capt. Shane Healey of the Opelika Police Department announced Friday.

On November 29, 2006, Melanie Darchelle Lovelace was found stabbed to death inside her home on South 3rd Street in Opelika. Investigators at the time suspected Staton, whose case was presented to an Lee County Grand Jury. When the jury was unable to return an indictment, Staton was freed. Last week, investigators presented new evidence in the case to a new grand jury, who indicted Staton.

Stanton is being held at the Lee County Detention Center awaiting further court proceedings. The case remains under investigation.

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