The Montgomery district attorney is offering cold cash in an effort to solve nine cold cases. District Attorney Ellen Brooks announced the rewards Tuesday.
"We're here today because nine lives have been lost in Montgomery county," Brooks said. "And the people responsible for those nine lives have not yet been brought to justice."
Brooks said her office is offering a $5,000 reward in each of the nine cases for information that leads to arrests and convictions. The governor's office agreed to match that amount, which brings the total reward to $10,000.
Brooks also introduced family members of the victims during Tuesday's news conference.
"I beg and I plead for anyone who knows anything to please come forward," said Vicki Motley. "Please come forward because we can't sleep at night."
Motley's son, Terrell, was shot and killed just off Ann Street. It happened in the 2800 block of Plum Street in March of 2007.
In fact, all the murders were the result of shootings. And all but one happened in 2007:
- February, 2007 - Randy Davis, 18, was found shot to death in the 3800 block of Meadowview Street in the Cloverland neighborhood.
- July, 2007 - Michael Johnson, 43, was shot multiple times and found in the Motel 6 parking lot on the Eastern Boulevard.
- July, 2007 - Lereico Woodard, 27, was shot and killed at an apartment complex at 5755 Calmar Drive.
- August, 2007 - Adulfo Thomas, 25, was found shot to death in the 3800 block of Governors Drive (off McGehee Road).
- October, 2007 - Deon Angelo Means, 30, died in the 3000 block of Narrow Lane Road near Cloverdale.
- December, 2007 - Orinthesis Whatley, 29, was found dead in the 3000 block of Raintree Drive (near Virginia Loop Road).
- December, 2007 - Jamerian Baxter, 22, died of gunshot wounds at 2014 Council Street in west Montgomery.
Baxter's family also spoke to the media Tuesday.
"We are a Christian family," his mother said. "And to the person who did this, we do forgive you, but we are seeking justice."
The final victim, 41-year-old Roger Lucas, died much earlier than the others. He was shot in his home on Gilmer Avenue in 2001.
Brooks said the Lucas family asked to be included because no reward had ever been offered in the case.
"He was shot through the window of his home and didn't even get a chance to be confronted by the people who killed him," said Lucas' brother, Richard.
The Montgomery police department reports it has exhausted its resources in all nine cases. But the cases are not closed. And Brooks vowed to keep searching for the killers.
"If you know anything, no matter how large or small, please help these families," she said.
If you can help, there are several phone numbers you can call. The police department's detective division can be reached at (334) 241-2842.
If you'd rather remain anonymous, you can call the department's secret witness line at (334) 262-4000 or CrimeStoppers at (334) 215-STOP.