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Lasserre murder case hot again 6 years later

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Clifford Wynn (Source: Autauga County Sheriff's Dept.) Clifford Wynn (Source: Autauga County Sheriff's Dept.)
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

The man long thought to be responsible for murdering an Autauga County woman is back in the spotlight, charged with her death. It turns out, however, he was already in the jail on other crimes including burglary, theft and sodomy.

Clifford Wynn is now formally charged with the rape and homicide of 53-year-old Patricia Lasserre, a woman who was killed in December of 2005.

When Wynn was told of the new charges against him Thursday morning, authorities say he reacted with no emotion.

This is not the first time Wynn has faced charges in Lasserre's death. He was arrested in late 2008 for the crime, but was released in August 2009. District Attorney Randall Houston said at the time there was "sufficient grounds to arrest but not enough to indict." Houston went on to say that, "There's always something out there...just a question of when we'll get it."  

Investigators appear to have gained confidence enough to recharge Wynn, though Autauga County Sheriff Herbie Johnson would not go into specifics regarding evidence. He simply stated "More evidence, more evidence..." and added that his and other agencies had interviewed numerous people in connection with the case.

Lasserre was an employee at the Clanton Wal-Mart. She was last seen leaving work on the evening of December 19, 2005 but never made it to her home.

A search found the woman's SUV on Autauga County Road 1 in the Vida Community. That's approximately seven miles from her residence. Her body was found nearby. Investigators said she'd been strangled, but the rope was never found. 

Court records show that Wynn does not have an attorney. His court appearance is set for March 9.

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