An 80-year-old Alabama man was arrested this week for the chilly case killing of his dad and mom practically 50 years in the past in Tennessee, authorities mentioned. 

Michael Keith High-quality was taken into police custody Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama, on two counts of first-degree homicide in reference to the 1977 deaths of his dad and mom, Helen D. High-quality and Maynard H. High-quality, the Maryville Police Division in Tennessee mentioned. He’s awaiting extradition to Tennessee. 

The physique of Helen High-quality, 54, was found inside a automotive by a phone repairman outdoors the couple’s Maryville house on Might 20, 1977, Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp mentioned Wednesday. When cops arrived on the scene, they discovered the physique of 67-year-old Maynard High-quality inside the house. 


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Michael Keith High-quality, 80, was arrested this week for the 1977 murders of his dad and mom, Helen D. High-quality and Maynard H. High-quality, in Maryville, Tenn.  (Maryville Police Division)

Each victims died from a number of gunshot wounds, in response to an post-mortem. Michael High-quality, who was 34 on the time of the murders, turned an individual of curiosity, however the investigation into the slayings ultimately went chilly, Crisp mentioned. 

The case reopened in 2021 after members of the family requested authorities for an replace. 

Investigators have been capable of hyperlink Michael High-quality to the homicide weapon, which was recovered in a landfill a yr after the killings, in addition to entry factors to the house. 

“We have been capable of acquire some extra forensic data from some know-how that exists as we speak that didn’t exist then,” Crisp mentioned.

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Michael Keith High-quality, 80, is awaiting extradition to Tennessee.  (iStock)

Blount County District Lawyer Ryan Desmond mentioned police have been additionally in search of a lady who lived with the married couple in 1977 when she was a youngster. They’ve by no means been capable of find her, he mentioned. 


“We’ve got by no means been capable of find or establish that particular person, and now we have cause to consider that particular person could have very related proof associated to this murder,” he mentioned. 

He added that she will not be thought of a suspect. 

Authorities didn’t disclose a motive for the killings. The case was Maryville Police Division’s oldest case, Crisp mentioned. 

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