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Man arrested in Arapahoe County cold case homicide dies while awaiting trial 

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — An inmate awaiting trial in an Arapahoe County cold case homicide has died.

Robert Williams was 70 and suffered from a chronic illness when he was arrested in 2017, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Williams was reportedly receiving end-of-life care in the week before he died, late on Saturday.

He was arrested on Aug. 17, 2017, on suspicion of killing Rebecca Bartee.

Bartee, a deputy district attorney, was found dead in her apartment on June 7, 1999, in the 6500 block of South Dayton Street.

Williams and Bartee lived in the same apartment building at the time, and Williams still resided there when he was arrested.

The sheriff’s office is not seeking any other suspects and Bartee’s homicide case has been closed.

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