A man arrested this week on a routine drug charge in Baltimore has been charged with stabbing a man to death behind a Govans convenience store a day after Christmas in 1982.
Sterling Randolph Willis, 35, of no known address was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bail yesterday at the Baltimore City Detention Center. He is scheduled for a court appearance next month.
Police said at the time of the killing in 1982 that robbery was the motive in the stabbing of Arnette Hubbard, 42, who was found about 5:20 a.m. by police in an alley off York Road, near his home in the 500 block of McCabe Ave. He had been stabbed several times in the chest .
Detective Donald Steinhice of the homicide unit said he told the victim's niece of the arrest. "She was relieved that the case hadn't been forgotten," he said.
Police said Willis was arrested by Northwestern District officers Wednesday and charged with drug possession. All people arrested are questioned about not only their cases, but also about the area where they live to determine whether they have information on other crimes.
Steinhice said the suspect indicated that he had information about an 18-year-old killing, and officers took him to the homicide unit for questioning. He was charged in the 1982 stabbing Wednesday night.
No defense attorney has been assigned to the case, and no relatives of the suspect or victim could be reached yesterday.