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Home  |  News  |  New evidence in 10-year-old cold case

New evidence in 10-year-old cold case
Thursday, December 1, 2011

CAYCE, SC - SLED and Cayce police announced Wednesday that new evidence and new witnesses have surfaced in the murder of a part-time Piggly Wiggly clerk who was gunned down during an armed robbery 10 years ago.

“We’re trying to regenerate another interest in this,” said Cayce Police Chief Charles McNair. “This case has never been closed.”

Merry Shivers, who was working to earn money to buy Christmas presents for her family, was shot 10 years ago Wednesday. She was 37. Her friends and family gathered Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil at the store.

McNair would not say what the new evidence is. The announcement came during a news conference designed to coax even more witnesses into coming forward, since police at this point still don’t have enough evidence to charge anyone, McNair said.

But he did say, “Our investigators have interviewed a number of new witnesses who have provided significant new information.”

McNair said a psychological analysis of the crime and the criminals’ behavior gives this profile of three suspects:

  • At least one suspect has a knowledge of the inside layout of the store – as a result of having worked there or knowing someone who worked there.

  • They have prior arrests or convictions for theft, possibly including burglary.

  • They have a high school education or less. All are black, according to witnesses.
Piggly Wiggly is still offering a $10,000 reward to anyone giving information that leads to the conviction of the robbers who killed Shivers, a company spokesman reiterated at the news conference.

More than 30 of Shivers’ friends and relatives, some weeping, attended the news conference, held at the Cayce Department of Public Safety.

“We want to find justice for Merry,” said Stan Shivers, 57, her widower, who spoke to the news media for the group.

Shivers said he and his family want the case resolved. “We’ll never forget Merry, but we don’t want to have to relive the case every year with there being no peace, and no justice.

“Her birthday is Dec. 3, which is the day we had her funeral .... Instead of celebrating her birthday, we were holding the funeral for her. And it was Christmas. We had presents under the tree for Merry. The first Christmas was awful. We had presents for her we didn’t unwrap until months later.”

Two ski-masked men waving guns entered the Piggly Wiggly at 3040 Charleston Highway on Nov. 30, 2001, shortly before the store was to close.

One robber fired a single shot with a .45-caliber pistol. The bullet struck Shivers, who fell to the floor. She died within minutes. The same bullet also struck David Miles, a 16-year-old high school student working as a clerk.

Miles was traumatized at the time, but recovered. He now serves in the U.S. Army in Korea.

After forcing an employee to open the store safe, the two men escaped with cash. As they were leaving, the robber who had not fired the first shot fired his pistol – a 9mm – back into the store, but didn’t hit anyone. The robbers then jumped into a white getaway vehicle driven by a third person, McNair said.

McNair said he is sure “there are people out there” who can help. “Even if people think what they have may not be important, we can run that down and find out if it is important.”

McNair predicted prosecutors would seek the death penalty and said that any suspect who comes forward first to implicate himself and others would probably be able to plea bargain for a better sentence.

Stan Shivers said, “Merry now has three grandchildren she never got to meet – that was one of the biggest things she was looking forward to, was grandchildren.”

Crime Scene PDF: http://media.thestate.com/smedia/2011/11/30/16/59/1lXGo2.So.74.pdf

Source: http://www.thestate.com/2011/12/01/2064189/police-announce-new-evidence-in.html

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