SHELBYVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A man who has spent more than 40 years in prison in Tennessee for killing a young girl has been charged with murdering her cousin.
Edward McGee was charged Aug. 12, the day he was to be released, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported. He was sentenced to 99 years for killing Phyllis Seibers, 8, but was not charged at the time with killing Deborah Ray, 9.
McGee, now 61, appeared in court this week to answer the new charge. Relatives of the two girls cried during the hearing.
After the girls' bodies were found in a muddy ravine, McGee, then 20, told police he had seen them looking for old dolls at the city dump in Shelbyville.
McGee, who had been abandoned by his teenage mother, was described as mentally retarded but educable. He was a drifter with no real home or family.
During his years in prison, he made no effort to get paroled and said he did not want to be on the outside.