Arrest Made in 1992 Stabbing Death of School Superintendent

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  The suspect in a Columbus murder case is now behind bars, nearly 18 years after the crime.

Kareem Lane was arrested in Pell City, Alabama northwest of Talladega Monday night.

Lane is facing murder charges in Columbus in connection with the October 1992 slaying of Muscogee County School District Superintendent James Burns.

Burns was stabbed in the back inside his Historic District home during a home invasion and while suspects were questioned, an arrest was never made until now.

Joe Sweatt, Chief Investigator for the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office, says Lane was taken into custody without incident by a SWAT team at a trailer park off Hamilton Road in Pell City.

Sweatt says St. Clair investigators have been working with Columbus investigators for the past two years after receiving new results of DNA testing.

Lane is being held in Pell City, AL in the St. Clair County Jail. He will have the opportunity to sign a waiver of extradition to Georgia, where he will face the murder charges.

If he fights extradition, authorities say a Governor's Warrant will be sought.

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