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Gary Warwick arrested for 1972 cold case murder of Joseph Henry Abernathy III

10:15 PM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) - The cold case murder of a baby in St. Clair County 40 years ago is an open case again.

State's Attorney Brendan Kelly is charging Gary Allyn Warwick, from Portage, Ind., with the murder of Joseph Henry Abernathy III on Dec. 30, 1972.

According to Warwick's biography on the Purdue University North Central website, he's an assistant coach with 25 years of experience, and he helped start the Indiana Raiders softball program, where he is a full-time coach.

He has a wife, two married daughters and three grandchildren, according to the biography.

Kelly said Warwick went to court on murder charges in 1973, but the charges were dismissed without any explanation.

Baby Joey's death became a cold case, until his family started a petition on Change.org and made a Youtube video called "Justice for Joey" to reopen the case.

It convinced the St. Clair County sheriff to investigate again. U.S. Marshals arrested Warwick Thursday around 5p.m. at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Portage.

He's now in St. Clair County on a $5 million bond.

The prosecutor wants to use 1973 sentencing guidelines, which would send Warwick to jail for up to 300 years if he is convicted. 

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