Police said a man accused of strangling one woman and choking another in 1997 recently strangled another woman whose partially clothed and beaten body was found Sept. 22 near a dumpster at a Motel 6.
Kevin Broadway, 38, was arrested Monday on one count of first-degree murder in the death of Kristin Lynn Granier, 30, Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Donald Stone said.
Granier, 304 S. 17th St., had her T-shirt pulled over her face and a shoestring tied around her neck when police discovered her body lying in a parking lot behind the motel at 9901 Gwenadele Ave.
An autopsy showed Granier had been strangled to death with the shoelace, police said.
Investigators are still trying to determine if Granier was killed at the motel or if her body was dumped there after her death, Stone said.
Granier was working as a prostitute near the motel prior to her death, police have said.
Broadway, 1865 Oak St., was already being held in Baton Rouge Parish Prison for an unrelated theft charge.
Stone said DNA evidence collected at the scene connected Broadway to the murder.
Broadway denied the accusations Monday while he was being led to a squad car following questioning.
Stone said detectives cannot rule out whether Broadway has been involved in any other cases, and will begin looking into unsolved cases.
Broadway was arrested in December 1997 in strangling a 33-year-old woman in Albany and leaving her body in an abandoned house, according to an account published in The Advocate at the time.
Stan Carpenter, chief of detectives for the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Broadway and Tammy Smith, 33, were having sex when Broadway choked her to death.
A man who returned home from serving a 60-day jail sentence found Smith’s body in his house several days after she had died.
While investigating Smith’s death, detectives learned Broadway had also broken into another woman’s house on Oct. 17, 1997, and attacked her.
Broadway choked the woman until she passed out and then fled the home. The woman did not die.
Carpenter said Broadway pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Smith’s death.
Broadway received a 12-year sentence in 1999 for the slaying, according to an affidavit of probable cause.