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Florence man arrested in 55-year-old cold case murder of a southern Colorado baby

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) - A suspect has been arrested in a half-a-century-old cold case in Fremont County.

Thursday morning, 13 Investigates learned that 86-year-old Keith Emmanuel Smith was arrested for a murder that happened in 1967. Smith faces a second-degree murder charge, which is a class 2 felony, per court documents.

13 Investigates confirmed with the Florence Police Department that the arrest is connected to the killing of a baby 55 years ago, 14-month-old Roxanne Archuletta.

Smith had apparently been living in Florence for decades and was arrested at his home right next to Pioneer Park in Florence. He was recently indicted by a grand jury for the murder.

Court documents allege that Smith broke the infant's spine, which caused her death. He is currently being held in the Fremont County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. His mug shot has not yet been released.

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