California Prosecutors Charge Burke County Man With Killing Hollywood TV Director In 1985

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Prosecutors have charged a man in the cold-case killing of a TV director who worked on “The Incredible Hulk,” ″The Six Million Dollar Man” and other shows more than three decades ago.

The district attorney’s office in Los Angeles said Tuesday that 53-year old Edwin Jerry Hiatt is facing one count of murder with a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon to kill director Barry Crane.

Officials say Hiatt was linked to the 1985 killing with DNA evidence.

Hiatt was arrested in North Carolina and is awaiting extradition to California. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Investigators believe the 57-year-old Crane was bludgeoned with a large ceramic statue before being found with a telephone cord wrapped around his neck.

Original Story (May 10, 2019):

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The man charged with bludgeoning and strangling to death a Hollywood TV director more than three decades ago made his first appearance in court today.

The News Herald of Morganton reports that a Burke County judge on Friday ordered 52-year-old Edwin Jerry Hiatt held without bond until a June hearing. Hiatt was also appointed an attorney.

Authorities say the FBI arrested Hiatt Thursday in Burke County, North Carolina, after DNA evidence linked him to the 1985 death of Barry Crane in Los Angeles.

The LAPD says Hiatt acknowledged to investigators that he killed Crane, who directed or produced such 1970s and 1980s hits as “Mannix,” ”Mission: Impossible” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

Crane was 57 when a housekeeper found his naked body wrapped in bedsheets in the garage of his luxury home.

Crane’s death went unsolved until police said they matched a fingerprint from Crane’s stolen car to Hiatt last year. They subsequently used DNA testing and interviewed Hiatt.

Hiatt, 52, will be sent to California to face a murder charge.

It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.