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District Attorney Neal Pinkston, right, speaks during a press conference to announce the filing of a petition to abate certain gangs as a nuisance and to create an East Lake Safety Zone.

This story was updated to correct the spelling of James Layne's name and to remove three sentences describing a potential resolution in the case because any such analysis could be premature. An attached document was removed because the county released it by mistake.

Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston believes he's cracked a homicide from 1989, records show.

Pinkston filed voluntary manslaughter charges Monday against Samuel E. Reeves, 49, in the decades-old robbery and stabbing of James "Richard" Layne, who was found in the La Plaza Motel on Feb. 21, 1989.

Layne checked into La Plaza for one-night on Feb. 20, 1989, according to Pinkston's cold case website. When Layne didn't check out the next morning, hotel staff checked his room and found him dead.

Public records show Reeves has a court appearance on Wednesday before Judge Tom Greenholtz.

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