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Police and family try to generate new interest in 10 year old cold case
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CAYCE, SC (WIS) - The cold-blooded killing of a Cayce grocery store worker has been a cold case for years.

On Wednesday, the city's department of public safety, SLED and the victims' families will try to generate new interest.

Remember Merry Shivers? Well, her family and friends certainly do. In fact, they and police have never forgotten her.

Especially since that terrible Friday night ten years ago when the Piggly Wiggly store in the Cayce Crossing shopping center became a crime scene.

"It's horrible," said the victim's sister, Jessica Parker. "They didn't have to come in the store shooting. They could have just asked for the money. And this has just devastated everybody's life in our family."

Shivers, then 37-years-old, had been working a cash register when two men wearing masks and surgical gloves burst in to rob the place.

During the holdup, at least one of the attackers fired a total of three gunshots, taking Shivers' life and wounded 16-year-old co-worker, David Miles.

The killers have never been brought to justice.

So on the tenth anniversary of the holdup and shootings, police and the Shivers family will try to again spotlight what happened.

"Somebody somewhere knows something," said Cayce Chief Charlie McNair. "They haven't forgotten it. We're hoping it's preying on their conscience enough where they'll do the right thing."

Chief McNair and family members will gather for a news conference to remind the public about the case and maybe shake something loose that would lead to arrests.

In January 2002, three men were held, but the case never went to trial.

"Actually we did charge them," said Chief McNair. "And through a series of different things, the solicitor's office felt like we didn't have enough to go forward with the prosecution. Because you have to remember, and again that's the solicitor's office call but this may be a death penalty case."

McNair says the Shivers case has never been closed.

In addition to Wednesday's news conference, Shivers' family and supporters will hold a candlelight vigil at 7:00 p.m. in an attempt to not only remember Merry Shivers, but also shed light on this ten year old mystery.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/16149602/police-and-family-try-to-generate-new-interest-in-10-year-old-cold-case

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