MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) – A Memphis loved ones is placing up a vintage Corvette and $10,000 as a reward, hoping it will aid reopen a 10-12 months-aged case and carry a killer to justice.
Mattie Williams understands of a pain no mom should know: losing her oldest son, Dennis Gilliam.
“When I speak about it, I start off crying. It is been like a sore in my tummy, like a sore below that will not get nicely,” she claimed. “People don’t know the tears I have drop. It hurts so.”
It is a reduction she has lived with every day since he was killed on Sept. 23, 2011. After 10 yrs, no a person has been arrested for his dying.
“I considered by now they would have did a little something ’cause I talked to so lots of detectives. I have been downtown speaking to (District Attorney Normal) Amy Weirich,” Williams mentioned.
They have talked, but it’s not plenty of to put anyone driving bars.
Gilliam, who did handyman operate, was killed the night time after a large fight exterior of his home that included the boyfriend of his stepdaughter. Gilliam’s brother, Anthony Gilliam, was also existing at the fight when a person started out shooting.
Anthony Gilliam suggests even after his brother was inspired to leave the home, he refused and afterwards went to snooze in his residence. That was the previous time any individual noticed him alive.
“This was his very last terms to me: ‘These young ones ain’t repairing to run me out of my own… house, just like that,’” claimed Gilliam.
The subsequent early morning, Williams’ motherly instincts kicked in when Dennis didn’t remedy her typical 7 a.m. cellular phone phone. Dennis was in his bed. He had been shot when in the brow.
“He was laying on his back again. They experienced shot him in his forehead in the temple. The bullet came out on the other facet. This major hole,” reported Williams.
The relatives believes it was a scenario of revenge immediately after the earlier battle outside his dwelling.
Soon following Dennis’s murder, just one of these associated in the first battle, Ryan Nelson, who was dating Gilliam’s stepdaughter, was arrested.
The law enforcement affidavit suggests 32-yr-aged Nelson fully commited 1st-degree murder. It even states Nelson’s girlfriend mentioned he confessed to her that he shot and killed Dennis in his dwelling.
The family members imagined law enforcement experienced their killer.
“The bullets they fired that night time in the avenue they reported was the exact same bullets… the identical types they discovered in the residence,” says Mattie Williams.
“They informed us they matched. So if they matched and ya’ll charged him for the aggravated assault, and they did time for it, why didn’t they get time for the murder?” asks Anthony Gilliam.
Nelson was only billed with the assault for the combat. Police say they did not have enough evidence to keep him for murder.
District Lawyer Amy Weirich’s office environment advised WREG there was not sufficient proof to just take the murder circumstance to trial. Ryan’s girlfriend’s statements alone ended up not ample with no corroborating evidence. Officers also said Ryan Nelson experienced an alibi and the two witnesses in opposition to him had a larger motive to get rid of than he did.
As for the battle the night right before, the D.A. states they are examining to see if the bullets truly match individuals observed at the murder scene, adding that there were two shooters firing in the course of the earlier battle.
It is not what Dennis Gilliam’s family members needs to hear.
“Nothing has been finished on the murder situation. It just sits there and sits there. They lastly set it more than in cold circumstance. It is been in chilly scenario ever because. Now I need to place some fire under it,” suggests Mattie Williams.
That hearth is a $10,000 reward for information and facts primary to the killer. But that is not all — Anthony Gilliam is throwing in his vintage Corvette as component of the reward.
“That is actually a classic. Only has 76,000 miles on it. I will give it to the person. Moreover my household is putting up $10,000 and the reward is going up,” Gilliam reported.
Gillam explained the loved ones is pledging to give an more $500 a month, for a calendar year, to go with the other benefits.
“We will need some justice. My household we want justice. It is been much too long,” explained Williams. “All the evidence. There ought to have been anything. There is a little something they skipped. I won’t give up. I will not give up.”
A special prosecutor was to begin with brought in on this case. The District Attorney says that was to take care of the aggravated assault given that some of the same folks could have been witnesses in the homicide. The D.A. states the case can be re-opened if there is additional proof.