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Neighbors shocked to learn Vinton man confessed to 1998 murder

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VINTON (KWWL) - More than 15 years after the crime, a Vinton man confessed to murdering a woman.

Clinton Mackey was a person of interest in the 1998 murder of Erika Case in West Terre Haute, Indiana.

On Tuesday, he turned himself in -- and neighbors couldn't believe the news.

Cindy Senner and her boyfriend live across the street from Mackey and his family, and always thought they were pretty nice.

"Very nice family -- very," said Senner. "Played outside with the kids and stuff. Very nice person."

Tuesday evening, Mackey turned himself in to the Benton County Sheriff.

"I've been here almost 41 years, and this is the first time that I'm aware it's ever happened in this county, where somebody's walked in -- at that degree of a charge -- and was wanting to get it off their chest, basically," said Randy Forsyth, Benton County Sheriff.

Mackey was taken to Indiana on Thursday and was officially charged with murder Friday morning. Click here to read that story.

Sheriff Forsyth says Mackey had been living in Vinton for about five years with his wife and children.

Many neighbors KWWL spoke to say they didn't know the family all that well.

"They've got a garden, or had a garden, and would work in the garden at different times, but he was usually gone to work," said Donita Ohrt, a neighbor. 

KWWL stopped by Mackey's home, but nobody answered.

Senner and her boyfriend say Mackey helped them clean up after Vinton's windstorm a few years ago. They never would have expected that their neighbor had a criminal past.

"It's scary to know somebody in the neighborhood could do something like that," said Senner.
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