Linda Ann O’Keefe cold case: Murder, sexual assault suspect dies in custody

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A man who was arrested and charged in a string of child sex crimes last year after DNA evidence tied him to the 1973 homicide of a Newport Beach girl died while in custody Wednesday, officials said.

James Alan Neal, 73, was transferred to a local hospital May 25 for treatment of an illness and died there at about 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Orange County sheriff’s officials. Authorities did not provide details on Neal’s illness. He was being held at the Theo Lacy maximum-security jail in Orange.

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