Riverside Police Department Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

Date July 7, 2005
Contact Sergeant John Capen
Phone (951) 320-8005
Fax (951) 320-8043

 

Man Arrested for a 1983 Homicide

 

                        

Riverside, Ca- On Tuesday July 5, 2005 a detective with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office in Chattanooga, Tennessee telephoned the Riverside Police Department Robbery Homicide Unit inquiring about a murder that occurred in Riverside in 1983. The detective explained that Kenneth Duran Horne, 46, of Chattanooga, walked into their office and proceeded to confess to a murder that he committed outside a Burger King restaurant in Riverside in 1983; Horne resided in Moreno Valley at the time.

On December 13, 1983 shortly before midnight Larry Crafts of Riverside was shot and killed as he left work at the end of his shift at the Burger King restaurant on Van Buren Avenue near Cypress Avenue; he was 31 years old. When Crafts was late returning home from work, his wife Cindy Crafts (Fredricks), asked a family friend to go to the restaurant to check on him. The family friend found Crafts deceased in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Riverside Police detectives conducted a thorough investigation; however, there was no named suspect or no known witnesses and the case remained unsolved. Upon receiving the information regarding Horne’s confession, which included details about the murder, an arrest warrant was issued for Horne and Hamilton County Sheriff’s personnel arrested him.

On July 6, 2005 at a hearing in Chattanooga, Horne formally waived extradition to California. Subsequently, a detective from the Riverside Police Department and an Investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s office traveled to Chattanooga. On July 7, 2005 they met with personnel from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office and took custody of Horne.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or is urged to contact Detective Ron Sanfilippo at 951-320-8051.