Police make arrest in cold case

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - North Charleston police have made an arrest in an 8-year-old unsolved homicide of a taxicab driver.

Derrick Wright, 42, was arrested on Wednesday and charged in connection to the 2002 murder of 62-year-old Eugene Thomas. Investigators say they received information used to charge Wright via a CrimeStoppers tip.

Thomas worked for Yellow Cab for more than 12 years.

The general manager of Yellow Cab, Lee Halley, donated money to Crime Stoppers, which prints and distributes playing cards of pictures of victims of unsolved crimes.

As leads in the case grew cold, Thomas was featured as the two of hearts on the Crimestoppers deck of cards. In later versions of the series, he was featured as the four of clubs.

Those cards are the only ones available for inmates to buy while in jail.

Charleston Police Cpl. C.F. Bowie says investigators got the anonymous tip from a caller who had seen Thomas' picture in the deck of cards.

On September 4, 2002, officers were dispatched to 2741 Speissenger Dr., North Charleston in response to reports of an abandoned yellow cab. Upon arrival, officers noticed blood stains on and around the car and found Thomas' dead body in the vehicle.

Reports indicate that the vehicle's two-way radio microphone had been removed and was on the front seat, smeared with blood.

Officers reported that Thomas had several lacerations on his neck, face and chest -- three stab wounds on the left side of his neck.

* The Associated Press contributed to this report.