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A Texas man on death row pleads guilty to killing three cold cases

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William Reece sits in 405th District Court Judge Jared Robinson's courtroom in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, after pleading guilty to two felony murder charges for the deaths of Laura Kate Smither and Jessica Cain in 1997.
William Reece meets the 405th District Court in Galveston, Texas, Wednesday, June 29th. Sitting in court of official Jared Robinson. , 2022, after pleading guilty to the murder of two Ferronys for the deaths of Laura Kate Smither and Jessica Cain in 1997. Photo by Jennifer Reynolds /Galveston County Daily News via AP

Galveston, Texas — Oklahoma A man already sentenced to death for the cold case murder in was left unresolved for decades after pleading guilty to the death of three girls who disappeared in Texas on Wednesday.

William Reese, 62, Galves in 1997 after killing Friendswood's 12-year-old Laura Smither and Tiki Island's 17-year-old Jessica Cain. Convicted in Ton's court. He then pleaded guilty to nearby Angleton late Wednesday and killed Denton's 20-year-old Kelly Cox in the disappearance and death. He was sentenced to life in prison in each case.

Reese was sentenced to 60 years in the 1998 Texas kidnapping case in 2016 when he began cooperating in investigating other cases.

Smither was unable to return from morning jogging at Friendswood in April 1997. Her body was found more than two weeks later in a reservoir near Pasadena on the outskirts of Houston, about 50 kilometers away.

Cain has been missing since the abandoned car was found on Interstate 45 near Tiki Island, a community opposite Galveston Island, in August 1997. In April 2016, Reese led an investigator to Cain's remains in a meadow on the southern tip of Houston.

William Reese pleaded guilty to Brazoria County for killing Kelly Ann Cox in 1997. She was kidnapped from the Denton Gas Station, killed and buried in Brazoria County. Reese finally led the police to her body in 2016. Cox's now adult daughter said she spent 20 years looking for her

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Also, the body of Cox, the last student of North Texas University to be seen in Denton in 1997, was excavated from that location. it was done. Reese is waiting Trial in Brazoria County on suspicion of murdering the capital at Cox's death.

He was sentenced to death last year for killing 19-year-old Tiffany Johnson in Oklahoma City in 1997.

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