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Arrest made in 1988 murder case


New Media Producer: Amanda Lents

Authorities believe they are close to solving the 1988 murder of a Pike County, Indiana man.

In documents released Monday, 14 News learned a suspect, arrested Friday, says he was the getaway driver. He says he is ready to identify three others who went inside Rick Deffendall's home to rob and eventually kill him.

In custody is George Culbertson, also known as Toby Culbertson. He's being held without bond after being arrested in Tennessee. Culbertson has been charged with murder.

Two witnesses say they overheard Culbertson saying he shot and killed Deffendall. A statement from prosecutor Darrin McDonald said he not would be able comment on the case until after the end of the Misty Davis trial.

Rick Deffendall's mother found the 37-year-old dead in his bed, June 16th, 1988.

He had been shot several times with a large caliber weapon.

Deffendall lived out in the country near a little town called Oatsville.

Oatsville lies between Petersburg and Oakland City, Indiana. Indiana State Police detectives say the shooter was probably let into the home, or entered while Deffendall was in bed.

Detectives believe Deffendall knew his killer because anyone traveling to his home would have to know where they were going to find it.

Detectives say it appeared Deffendall struggled with his attacker in the kitchen because of a blow to the kitchen window.

He apparently had sold numerous personal items in an attempt to get enough money to buy a Corvette.

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