A terminally ill man has claimed to have committed a murder which has been unsolved for the past 25 years as his life looks set to be cut short by an undisclosed illness.
American Johnny Dwight Whited called cops to admit to murdering Christopher Alvin Dailey in 1995 by shooting the 26-year-old dead.
Police were astonished when 53-year-old Whited called "out of the blue" to admit to the crime and solve the cold case with his confession.
Officers told the New York Times that Whited had expressed "remorse" and claimed he had wanted to get the crime "off his chest".
They also claimed he had revealed he was suffering a terminal illness – but didn’t reveal what illness the self-confessed killer is suffering from.
Detective Sean Mukaddam recounted the bombshell phone call he received in which it is claimed Whited said: "I want to confess to a murder that I did years ago."
The officer said: "I’ve never had a situation where I just pick up the phone and have a call like that.
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"Nothing where the suspect calls me out of the blue and wants to confess."
While Whited said he could not be sure exactly when he killed Mr Dailey, police were able to cross-reference cold cases with the information the middle-aged man supplied to pinpoint the murder which took place on April 26, 1995.
Whited even accompanied police to a wooded area in Decatur, Alabama, where he dumped the dead body and reacted the murder in front of police.
The confessed killer is now expected to be put on trial, is charged with murder, and is currently being held on bail of $15,000 (£11,290).
In a statement released on Friday, police said: "Despite the extensive investigation, a suspect was never developed in the case. In the years that followed, the case was revisited several times for leads."
A date for the trial is yet to be determined by the US courts.
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