Officials tight-lipped on new evidence in axe murder case

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  It's a case that has been handled by more than twenty investigators and multiple police agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service.

But now that Michael Curry is in custody charged with slaying his 24-year-old pregnant wife and two young children with a bush ax, officials are staying mum on what new evidence led them to make an arrest after all these years.

"It's a post-grand jury, post-indictment phase of this. We will not talk about the investigation here today," said Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren.

"This is an ongoing case. It's a pending case and I'm not going to comment on any of the evidence," said Julia Slater, District Attorney for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.

But we do know more about what Curry's been up to since the killings.

Chief Boren says the electrician has been married several times since the crime and has worked in the Dalton, GA school district since the 90s as a maintenance engineer. He says he does not believe Curry has had any more children.

The chief compares the case to that of the infamous Stocking Strangler.

"I would liken this to the Carlton Gary case. That was another case where people were saying it would never be cleared but it was cleared. This case is similar. It's an old case, August of 1985, and we're just now making an arrest but we feel like the time was relevant in this case," he explained.

And so does the District Attorney.

"I've reviewed the case carefully and feel there is enough evidence to move forward at this time," said Slater.

"Words cannot describe how we feel at this moment. It is unbelievable relief as well as sadness. We have confidence that Miss Slater will represent Ann and her children with fairness and dignity," said Bernice Johnson, mother of victim Ann Curry.

Next, Curry will need to secure a lawyer. Then, he'll either have a bond hearing or an arraignment, however, no hearing dates have been set for either at this point.

His previous attorney for the case, well-known Columbus lawyer Frank Martin says he has no comment on whether or not he will represent Curry again.

In the meantime, he is being held in the Muscogee County Jail.