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DALZELL FACES NEW CHARGES

BY EREN TATARAGASI AND RYAN C. TUCK

STAFF WRITERS

Daily Tarheel

September 24, 2004

Andrew Douglas Dalzell was scheduled to make his first court appearance

Thursday at the Orange County District Court in Hillsborough.

But Dalzell, who is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the

1997 disappearance of Deborah Leigh Key, did not appear in court.

A Carrboro police arrest report for Thursday shows that Dalzell was

being placed under arrest at noon, the same time he was scheduled to appear in

Hillsborough.

According to reports, Dalzell was arrested Thursday and charged with

six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor – a felony

crime.

District Attorney Carl Fox said charges of third-degree sexual

exploitation stem from “possessing visual representations of minors engaging in

sexual acts.”

Dalzell was placed under arrest at the Orange County Jail, where he was

already being held, and placed under a $20,000 secured bond.

According to Carrboro police reports, the warrant on charges of sexual

exploitation was issued Tuesday.

Dalzell was already being held under a secured bond of $70,000 on a

charge of second-degree murder in relation to Key’s disappearance Dec. 1,

1997.

He was arrested Sept. 9 at a residence in Stanley.

Police had executed a warrant to search his Royal Park apartment Sept.

2 in Carrboro after his name surfaced in connection with charges of larceny by

an employee.

Investigators said the property seized Sept. 2 was critical in his

arrest but have refused to comment to its exact nature.

Dalzell had been the primary suspect in Key’s disappearance and

presumed death since the last time she was seen.

Dalzell and Key were seen together outside Sticks & Stones, a

now-defunct pool hall in downtown Carrboro, after it closed the morning of Dec.

1, according to court affidavits.

Police searched Dalzell’s car April 3,

1998, but could not find enough evidence to charge him in Key’s disappearance

until Sept. 9.

Fox said Thursday was administrative probable cause day, which allowed

defendants not wishing to plead guilty to miss their first appearance.

Dalzell has yet to make a plea, Fox said. The date of his first

appearance is now set for Oct. 7.


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