James Washington was having a heart attack, in jail, when he called a police officer over to his hospital bed in 2009 (video below).
Washington then made a deathbed confession to an unsolved murder case from 1995, in which Joyce Goodener was found stabbed, beaten to death and set on fire in a Nashville, Tennessee house.
At the time, a lack of sufficient evidence and no DNA samples kept the police from arresting anyone, although Washington was a suspect.
At the time of his 2009 heart attack, Washington was in jail for a different crime. When he was taken to the hospital with chest pains, there was a police officer standing nearby, reports WSMV-TV.
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Washington allegedly told Officer James Tomlinson: "I have something to tell you. I have to get something off my conscience and you need to hear this. I killed somebody. I beat her to death."
Washington lived through the heart attack, tried to take back the confession, but was recently found guilty in court and now faces up to 51 years in jail.