Possible lead in a Colorado cold case has ties to Shawnee Co.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A lead in an 18-year-old cold case in Denver, Colorado has ties to Shawnee County. Investigators there say new information led to an arrest.

13 NEWS is working with Denver’s CBS 4 team who initially received the top that may have closed the case.

Shawnee County Native, Becky Bartee, was found dead in her Arapahoe County apartment in June 1999. Investigators say it was set up to appear to be a suicide in her bathtub, but they determined it was a murder.

18-years later, a man called CBS 4 in Denver, saying he had cancer and wanted to clear his conscience about what he knew about the Bartee case.

His information led investigators to arrest 70-year-old Robert Williams earlier this week. Williams was still living at the same apartment complex where Bartee was his neighbor.

After the arrest, authorities called Bartee’s family in Shawnee County.

“When I told her we had an individual in handcuffs for the murder of Becky Bartee, she was stunned,” said Arapahoe County Sheriff Dave Walcher.

One neighbor said Williams was not who you would expect to be a murder suspect, “He’s the kind of neighbor you wanted to have.”

But records from California show Williams was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for a 1983 murder, and served two years in prison. He then was arrested for parole violation for lewd acts while a child under 14, and served another 4 years.

Williams is in Arapahoe County jail, being held without bond.