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12-Year-Old Arrested in Teacher’s Slaying

September 7, 1989

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ A 12-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of an elementary school teacher, police said Wednesday.

The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was being held at Tarrant County Juvenile Detention Center, police said, but it was not known when he would be formally charged.

The body of Jana Simpson, 24, was found on stairs outside her classroom at Glen Park Elementary School on Aug. 28. She had been stabbed several times in the chest, neck and head. Her purse was untouched and she did not appear to have been sexually assaulted.

Police said the boy has admitted he was prowling around the schoolgrounds when Ms. Simpson was killed and he has given other details about the crime.

Police spokesman Doug Clarke on Wednesday night stopped short of calling the boy’s statement a confession.

″We feel real confident that we’ll have a good case on it,″ Clarke said. ″We really don’t have a motive. We feel like she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.″

Immediately after the slaying, police said they were looking for a teen- ager who was seen in the area.

Ms. Simpson’s brother, Chris Simpson, said he and his family learned there had been an arrest in the case as they were gathering Ms. Simpson’s belongings at her Fort Worth residence.

″We feel a lot better that it wasn’t someone who knew Jana,″ said Simpson.

Fort Worth schools opened Tuesday. A plainclothes police officer walked the Glen Park campus and teachers were encouraged to discuss the killing with pupils.

Ms. Simpson was new to the school, and was to have taught third-and fourth- graders.

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