By Kristina Smith, Producer - Your Carolina - email
The Cold Cases series started on October 13th and run a new unsolved murder every Sunday through December 1st. The murders go back as far as 1970 with some as recent as just a few years ago. We worked closely with the Spartanburg County Sherriff's Office and the Spartanburg City Police Department to select the cases that we both felt had the most opportunity for new leads. The majority of murders in Spartanburg are solved - but together we can do better!
The Spartanburg County Sherriff's Office have had a few calls each week about the series. It's often people who were interviewed at the time of the crime who had information about the case. They want to make sure all of their information is in the case file. We've also heard from families of the victims who have been so complimentary with how we've handled the interviews and presenting the stories in a way that's sensitive to the surviving loved ones.
The story from this past Sunday (11/10) was a 2006 case where Karon Jerome Mullins, a 33-year-old, was shot and killed at the Down South Club on Farley Avenue. It's a case where he appears to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. A security guard working the club that night reports two black males and two black females pulling up to the club and entering a private birthday gathering of about 100 people. The group began arguing with party guests. The two men returned to their car and pulled out guns and returned to begin shooting into the doorway of the club. The men fired 25-30 shots. The victim had not been involved in the argument and came to the doorway to see what was happening. He was shot there with a pool stick still in hand. Mr. Mullins was a 1992 graduate of Spartan High and a high school friend of NFL running back Stephen Davis.
Next Sunday (11/17) will focus on a 1977 murder in the Pacolet community. The victim was a 15-year-old named Libby Sellars who was found in a densely wooded area off 176 just four miles from the Union County line. Students on a school bus passing by spotted her body in the woods. Authorities believe she had hitchhiked to a skating rink in Jonesville on the night she was killed, but it is unclear who she left with.
The thing all of these murders selected have in common is that we believe they all still have witnesses that may be able to shed light on what occurred. Even what seems like an insignificant memory may be enough to get the case rolling again. If readers or viewers have any information on the cases, they should call 1-888-CRIMESC or Investigator Allen Wood at 864.503.4577.
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