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1977 murder suspect being investigated for another slaying

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) -- The 76-year-old man awaiting trial for the 1980 homicides of two teenage sweethearts in southern Wisconsin is under investigation for the deaths of a couple murdered in Ohio.

Court records obtained by the Jefferson County Daily Union say authorities have sent Edward Edwards' DNA to authorities in Ohio who are working to solve the 1977 murders of 21-year-old William Lavaco and 18-year-old Judith Straub.

Court documents say Edwards, of Louisville, Ky., wrote a letter to Summit County, Ohio prosecutors inviting them to interview him in the 1977 homicides. Edwards' DNA is being sent to a crime lab in Ohio.

Edwards is awaiting trial in Wisconsin for the August 1980 murders of Kelly Drew and Timothy Hack. The 19-year-olds disappeared after leaving a wedding reception in Jefferson County. Their bodies were found in some nearby woods two months later.

A call to Edwards' attorney for comment was not immediately returned.

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