Arrest made in 2011 murder of Winston-Salem woman

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The arrest of a man in a four year old cold case has friends and family of Constance Edwina Hall hopeful that a murder trial will lead to some long-sought answers.

Cornelius Tucker Jr., 58, was arrested on Thursday and is charged with murder. Winston-Salem Police did not provide details of what led to the arrest.

Hall, 47, was found Nov. 24, 2011, in the 900 block of Manly Street near Cook Elementary School.

On Nov. 14, 2011, Hall was reported as missing. She was last seen alive leaving her residence on foot on Oct. 28, 2011.

“I'm glad she's finally going to be at peace and I'm ready for it to go to trial,” said April Hall, Constance’s sister.

Hall said even with the arrest she and others believe more than one person was responsible for the murder.

Diane Hardy, a friend since elementary school, said a piece of her died with Constance and learning of the arrest helps provide some closure.

“It's really a big relief knowing this could be put to rest,” said Hardy.

Police still consider the case open and are seeking more Crimestoppers tips at (336) 727-2800.

Tucker has been in and out of prison since the 1970s with convictions that include assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering, selling drugs and a prison escape.

Tucker is currently being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center with no bond allowed. He is scheduled to appear in court April 30.

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