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Inmate Pleads Guilty in 1980 Terre Haute Slayings

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – A California prison inmate is pleading guilty in connection with the shooting deaths of two Terre Haute women more than 34 years ago. 

The Tribune-Star and WTHI-TV report 61-year-old Harry Rowley pleaded guilty to murder charges during a Vigo County court hearing on Monday.

Rowley was charged in the July 1980 slayings of 29-year-old Lucinda Farmer and 28-year-old Mary Quillen. The roommates were found dead in an alley behind an apartment complex where Rowley also lived.

Investigators reopened the case four years ago and traveled last year to California, where Rowley is serving a life sentence for a separate slaying. 

Court documents say Rowley told investigators he shot the women after he saw them leaning on his parked car.

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