Hayward Man Indicted For Murder That Happened 27 Years Ago

A grand jury has indicted a Wisconsin man in a 27-year-old homicide in Minnesota.

Richard Strain of Hayward was indicted for first-degree murder in the beating and stabbing death of a 73-year-old gas station attendant in 1978.

Strain is accused in the death of Frederick Hess, the night manager of a gas station in West St. Paul.

Police were never able to tie any suspects to the killing. But a new lead came in this June, when someone claimed a man named Jeffrey Merta had bragged that he and his cousin -- Richard Strain -- had committed the crime.

Merta committed suicide in 1990.

Bail for Strain has been set at a half-million dollars. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 26th.


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