Dalzell indicted, but no court date set

By BETH VELLIQUETTE :

The Herald-Sun

bvelliquette@heraldsun.com

Nov 9, 2004 : 6:31 pm ET

HILLSBOROUGH — Andrew Douglas Dalzell, 27, was indicted for second-degree murder in the death of Deborah Leigh Key, who disappeared in December 1997 from downtown Carrboro.

The grand jury also indicted Dalzell, who turns 28 tomorrow, for obtaining property by false pretenses, financial identity fraud and larceny by employee. Those charges were made in connection with his alleged theft of merchandise and a customer’s credit card number from a craft store, where he worked.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office did not submit six charges for third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, the equivalent of possession of child pornography, to the grand jury during a meeting Monday.

Dalzell remains in the Orange County Jail. Dalzell is suspected of killing Key after they met at a bar. Dalzell, who liked to sketch fantasy drawings of women, was last seen hugging Key in a Carrboro parking lot after the bar closed for the night.

Key’s body has not been recovered. Dalzell was a suspect in the case shortly after the woman was reported missing, but police couldn’t find enough evidence to charge him. In September, Dalzell, who had moved away from the area and then moved back, called the Carrboro Police Department to provide security while he moved from his apartment.

A detective who went to the apartment chatted with Dalzell and noticed a number of fantasy figurines. The detective checked with Hungate’s Arts, Crafts and Hobbies at University Mall, where Dalzell formerly worked, and discovered store management suspected Dalzell stole them.

Upon further investigation, Carrboro and Chapel Hill police discovered other crimes Dalzell may have committed while employed at Hungate’s. Police have not yet revealed what they learned during their investigation into the theft of the items from the store that led them to charge Dalzell with killing Key.

Trial date for Dalzell has not been set.

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