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Josie Klakström

Mom of 4’s Murderer Finally Caught

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Josie Klakström
Josie Klakström
 18 days ago

It’s taken nearly four decades to catch her killer.

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Howard Jackson Bradberry, Jr. was a free man for nearly 40 years.Howard County Police

Laney Lee McGadney was walking to the grocery store in the Owen Brown Village Center, when she was abducted on the 29th of March 1982. The 28-year-old was discovered later that same day where Water Lily Way now sits, and she’d been sexually assaulted and stabbed to death.

At the time, an investigation was opened, and evidence was collected from the scene and from Laney, but despite a lengthy inquiry, her killer was never caught. Until now.

Cold case investigators from Howard County Police Department picked up Laney’s case recently and tested the remaining DNA samples left at the scene. Detectives were able to match the samples to 62-year-old Howard Jackson Bradberry Jr, who lived on Montgomery Street, Laurel.

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Laney Lee McGadney was just 28 years old.Howard County Police Department

The press release from Howard County Police Department's Police Chief Lisa Myers reads, “We hope that after nearly 40 years, Laney McGadney’s family can have some kind of peace with this arrest. Nothing will ever erase the pain of losing a loved one in such a violent and tragic way.  Our cold case investigators are committed to bringing justice for victims and families, no matter how much time has passed.”

Bradberry was arrested on the 25th of May and has now been charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree rape, and kidnapping.

Calvin Ball from Howard County PD is proud of the team.

“I applaud the diligent persistence of our police investigators who, after 40 years, have never given up trying to solve this case. Hopefully, this arrest will bring some measure of closure to the victim’s family and all those who knew her.“

Bradberry is now being held at the Howard County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond while awaiting trial for Laney Lee McGadney’s murder.