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A 78-year-old man accused of abducting and killing a 17-year-old girl after a high school Valentine’s dance 47 years ago abruptly halted his murder trial with a guilty plea Tuesday, and immediately was sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison.

“I wish you’d done this a long time ago,” Cindy Stone, the sister of victim Carla Walker, said in court after the suspect’s admission of guilt, reports Fort Worth TV station KXAS. “You kept saying in your confession that, ‘that wasn’t you,’ ‘it just wasn’t you.'”

“That’s you,” she said.

Testimony already had begun in the trial of Glen Samuel McCurley, whose arrest last September promised an answer to the long-unsolved crime, when he delivered a written confession to the judge in a Tarrant County courtroom, reports KDFW.

Walker was dressed for the dance she’d attended earlier at Western Hills High School on Feb. 17, 1974, when she was pulled from the passenger seat of her boyfriend’s car parked outside a bowling alley. Two days later Walker’s strangled and sexually assaulted body was found abandoned in a culvert.

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