New rewards offered in 4 unsolved Montgomery cold case murders
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - In the search for new leads in four murder cases, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, the Governor's Office, and City of Montgomery have contributed reward money for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the killers.
After consulting with the Montgomery Police Department, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office requested the rewards and announced during a press conference Tuesday that $11,000 is being offered in each case.
Family members of the victims stood with prosecutors and police officials at the Montgomery County Courthouse for the announcement.
"If you know something about one of these crimes please pick up the phone and call. The $11,000 reward is the incentive but regardless of the money, we're asking you to do the right thing," said Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey.
Rable Abrahams, 35, was found shot in his home in the 2600 block of Seaton Circle on October 5, 2014, in Montgomery. Abrahams was a technician at Baptist Medical Center South. He was only two classes away from graduating from Troy University with a degree in psychology.
"Rable was a beautiful spirit. He never met a stranger...We want to see justice for our family. We want to see justice for all of the families up here," said Keisha Abrahams. "Please, if there's anyone who knows anything at all, please come forward."
"My brother was a caring person, hardworking, loved his family," said his brother, Jamie. "They have broken my mother's heart."
James Chapman, 75, was found shot in the 4600 block of Rosa L. Parks Drive on November 29, 2015, south of the Boulevard.
He was murdered in 2015 while running an errand for a friend. It is believed he was shot during a robbery, according to Central Alabama CrimeStoppers.
Chapman's ex-wife, Martha, says her family feels like they're in limbo and like their lives can't move forward until they know who killed him.
"We want to be able to go to his graveside and know who did this to him has been found and gone through the court system. We want to know that justice has been served for Jim," she said. "Things like this aren't supposed to happen to good people."
On the night of his death, Chapman went to make a sale for a friend, pulling into a parking lot of a business off of Rosa L. Parks Avenue for the deal to go down. Family members say he was shot as soon as he got out of his car.
"If you know something, please come forward. It might not seem like much but you never know what little bit of information might lead to something bigger. We would like to have closure," Martha said at the press conference.
Jaime Lightsey, 34, was shot and killed in her car in the 2000 block of Argyle Road, off of Woodley Road, on April 1, 2015. She worked at the Department of Human Resources for the State of Alabama. She was a graduate of the University of Alabama and she was working towards becoming a lawyer.
"Since you've taken my sister away, our lives have never been the same and will not be the same anymore," her sister, Brandy Lane, said. "My sister had a bright future. She will never get to see what life held for her. I'm begging you, you have destroyed families. You have done more damage than you can ever imagine. I know someone had to see something."
Brandon Vinson, 20, was found shot multiple times in the 200 block of Eagerton Road on July 26, 2015. He was a semi-professional football player and was his mother's only child.
"You can't imagine how painful this is for us," his mother said. "He was at a party and I know somebody saw what happened to my child. We appreciate any information you can give. It definitely will help us get our lives back together."
If you have information about the unsolved murders, call the Detective Division of the Montgomery Police Department at 334-625-2834. To remain anonymous, call MPD's Secret Witness Line at 334-262-4000 or Central Alabama Crimestoppers at 334-215-STOP (7867).
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