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APD: Cold case needs community help

This sketch is of a suspect in the 2008 murder of Unterio Murray.

This sketch is of a suspect in the 2008 murder of Unterio Murray.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Gunshots fired from a gray or silver Oldsmobile on Dec. 27, 2008 left Unterio Murray fatally wounded and his cousin Timothy Williams injured.

No one has paid Lady Justice for the murder, and officials say the search for payment from the shooter and anyone involved continues.

Albany Police Department Detective Charlie Roberts took on the case in 2008 and has not let it go.

"This isn't like he (Murray) wasn't well-known, or not well-liked," Roberts said. "People liked him at work, by his family and in the neighborhood. He worked at restaurants. Because he was well-known, someone has to know what happened to him. People talk."

Richard H. Walton, Utah State University author of the textbook "Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques," said that most cold cases are cleared because relationships change over time.

Without discounting the DNA, fingerprint and material evidence in homicide cases, Walton said "changes in marriages, friendships, with drug dealers, people in the neighborhood and others are the way cold cases get solved."

When a relationship changes, a witness or anyone who knows something, anything, can decide to come forward, Walton said. DNA, fingerprints and other evidence can degrade in storage, but a change in relationship could trigger a resident to step forward.

Keeping the case in the public mind can help a lot, Walton said. Asking for that help, Roberts said he believed someone was in a position to see who shot Williams in the arm and killed Murray in the passenger's seat.

According to police reports, this is how the crime went down:

Williams drove a white 2002 Pontiac Grand Am on the 500 block of Haley Street at 11:30 p.m. with Murray in the driver's seat. The silver or gray Oldsmobile pulled up alongside the Grand Am. The Oldsmobile's driver shot into the Grand Am, hit Williams in the arm and shot past him to fatally wound Murray with a shot that exited from his upper back.

Questions about the shooting led Roberts to say, "We believe there is more to the story that should have been told. Someone knows something about it. Someone knows who did it."

Meanwhile, Murray's sisters stop by from time to time hoping for progress in the case and some answers from Roberts. Roberts continues the investigation, but regrets it is taking so long.

"Murray's father was an Alabama resident who died after the homicide," Roberts said. "I really wish I could have told him who killed his son."

Roberts said he believes that someone can speak up and say who murdered Murray. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish-speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 9 months ago

Need to put this picture and others like it on the new "Welcome To Albany" signs. We need all the help we can get to get this trash off the highways and byways of SOWEGA. Meanwhile, let's write tickets to people who fly the US Flag next to the road where people can see it. SAY WHAAAAATTTTTTTTT?????????????????????????????????

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Cartman 2 years, 9 months ago

How about those DCSS cold cases?

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