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Edwin Hiatt appears before a judge at his first court date in Burke County in May.

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors have charged a man in the cold-case killing of a TV director who worked on “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Wonder Woman” and other shows more than three decades ago.

The district attorney’s office in Los Angeles said Tuesday that 53-year old Edwin Jerry Hiatt is facing one count of murder with a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon to kill director Barry Crane.

Hiatt had been in custody in Burke County since he was arrested May 9, awaiting his extradition hearing. He was served with a governor’s warrant ordering he be handed over to authorities in California in August.

Court documents filed in May by the Los Angeles Police Department said Crane’s naked body was found at his home wrapped in sheets, and that he had been beaten to death with a large ceramic statue and strangled with a telephone cord in his home on July 5, 1985.

The release said Hiatt confessed to the killing.

Hiatt was connected to the crime after DNA on cigarette butts and a disposable coffee cup left in the parking lot of the auto shop in Burke County where he was working matched DNA found on five cigarette butts recovered from the ashtray of Crane’s stolen vehicle, court documents filed in Caldwell County said.

Dee Hall, one of Hiatt’s friends in Burke County, told The News Herald that if he was involved in Crane’s killing, it was in self-defense.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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