CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Nearly a decade after a Chilton County man was murdered in his sleep, his family still needs closure and investigators still need clues.
Monday, the Chilton County Sheriff and District Attorney announced that there would be a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever killed Tony Pierce in 2008.
Pierce, a father and grandfather, lived alone on a cabin along a dirt road in Verbena.
His stepson, Lynn Foshee said he was always a devoted family man who enjoyed the outdoors.
Pierce was 50 years old on August 10, 2008, when investigators say someone came into his house while he slept, and shot him in the back.
“They’re pretty cowardly to do somebody–anybody like that,” Foshee said. “It’s just pure cold-blooded.”
There are still no suspects.
During a press conference Monday, District Attorney Randall Houston said any small bit of information could help solve the case.
“If there’s anything you know, remotely associated with it, something you’ve heard — anything — please contact the sheriff’s office and help us solve this crime,” Houston said.
“The case has not gone aside,” said Sheriff John Shearon. “We are still working on the case, just hoping the reward will stem some other talk and get some other avenues to go down.”
Shearon said he does not know whether or not the killer knew Pierce.
Foshee said he was glad to see the Sheriff’s office bring his stepfather’s case back to the public’s attention.
“Hopefully one day they’ll find who did it, and they’ll get it off their conscience. I’m sure they’re having to live a pretty rough life, doing somebody that way,” Foshee said. “I’d like to face them, face-to-face. It’d be pretty rough.”
“God have mercy on their soul,” Foshee added.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any possible clues–no matter how small–to give them a call.
They even have an anonymous tip-line you can call at 205-755-7898 or 205-755-2511.