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Job hunt leads to jail time
Background check reveals man wanted for '76 killing

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man hoping to land a job instead landed in jail Wednesday when police discovered he is wanted for an August 1976 killing.

As part of his employment application, Johnny Wright, 65, walked into the Lawrenceville Police Department on Sept. 22 and requested a criminal background check.

Lawrenceville police Capt. Greg Vaughn said he didn't know what company Wright was hoping to work for, but that he voluntarily filled out a records check application and paid the requisite fee.

That evening, Vaughn said, dispatchers running Wright's criminal history discovered that murder warrants were issued for the St. Louis native on Sept. 25, 1985, more than nine years after the homicide.

Wright returned to police headquarters Wednesday to obtain his paperwork, but was instead met by officers and taken into custody. He was arrested without incident, authorities said, and is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail awaiting extradition.

Vaughn said police identified Wright by a physical description, including a scar on his right wrist.

Officer Jessie Haden, Columbia Police Department public information officer, said the victim is 23-year-old Rebecca A. Doisy, a part-time waitress. Doisy's sister reported her missing on Aug. 7, 1976, Haden said, adding that Doisy was last seen alive two days earlier.

Maj. Tom Reddin of the Boone County (Mo.) Sheriff's Department said he doesn't know the details surrounding the homicide, which was investigated by the Columbia Police Department. He referred questions to investigator Capt. Stephen Monticelli, who could not be reached for comment Monday.

As a result of the nine-year investigation, Haden said, second-degree murder warrants were issued for Wright.

"Once the warrant was issued, a nationwide search was conducted," Haden said in a release. "The suspect was not located until now."

It is unclear how long Wright has been living in Gwinnett or who he lives with. A voice message left at his reported residence, which lists several occupants, was not immediately returned Monday.

Haden said Wright will be held on $1 million bond.