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Suspect in Okaloosa Co murder dies in jail awaiting trial

OKALOOSA COUNTY   --  A man in jail and awaiting trial for murdering an elderly Okaloosa County woman has died.

Deputies say Harry Leach died June 16th of lung cancer.
He was in custody charged with killing 73-year-old Pluma Bell Sanford.

Sanford was found beaten and strangled inside her Fort Walton Beach home in August of 1997.
   
The case went cold for 15 years.
Then in January of this year re-tested DNA evidence lead them to Leach who had been living in Missouri.
   
Investigators say Leach was a repairman for Sanford around the time of the murder.