A family in Memphis, Tennessee is offering a $ 10,000 reward with a vintage Corvette in hopes of reopening a cold 10-year-old business. Mattie Williams’ son Dennis Gilliam was killed in September 2011, but his killer is still at large.
For anyone keen to take on the business, the automotive part of the rather unorthodox award includes a Corvette C4. Anthony Gilliam says the car has 76,000 miles on the clock. Other vital signs are unknown, but the family is willing to pay an additional $ 500 per month for the first year of possession.
“We need justice. My family, we need justice. It’s been too long, ”Williams told WREG News Channel 3. “All the evidence. There should have been something. There is something they missed. I won’t give up. I won’t give up.
Employed as a handyman, Gilliam was shot and killed after a fight just outside his home. The next morning, Williams knew something was wrong after her son failed to answer his usual call at 7 a.m. The grieving family believed the shooting was a case of revenge after the fight.
Even after the arrest of the suspect, Ryan Nelson, there was only sufficient evidence to charge him with aggravated assault for combat. There was plenty of evidence to convict Nelson of murder – a forensic match between bullets and his girlfriend who spoke out against him – but the district attorney said there was not enough to bring the case forward murder in court. Suffice it to say, this is not the verdict that Dennis Gilliam’s family wanted to hear.
Fortunately, the prosecutor says the case can be reopened if there is more evidence. Until then, the family hopes that justice will prevail soon and that the case can be closed.