Thursday, March 20, 2008
Sheriff, deputies receive plaques of appreciation
By SUE WATSON
Barron Sholar, son of the late Tolbert Sholar who was murdered near the Watson community last year, presented plaques of appreciation to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson and his deputies for the work they did to solve the case.
Tolbert Sholar and Remus Williams were murdered last year and investigators launched an intensive investigation that resulted in the arrest in Memphis of two suspects the day after the incident. Evidence recovered by investigators helped the prosecution put together a seamless case against Angie Jones and Anthony Earl Green. Both defendants pled guilty to simple murder and will not become eligible for parole until they are 65 years old.
In presenting plaques to Dickerson, investigator Kelly McMillen, deputy David Cook and investigator Jimmy Warren, Sholar lauded the investigative work in solving the murders and the professional manner in which they worked with both families of the deceased.
“I really appreciate everything the sheriff and sheriff’s department did,” he said. “I feel like there really is justice in Marshall County.”
He also thanked Diane Dickerson, who works with victims and their families, for a great job and assistant district attorney Lani Hill for her help in prosecuting the case.
Calling the crimes atrocious, Dickerson said his investigators work leads around the clock from the beginning of a case until all avenues of investigation are exhausted. That means investigators sometimes work without sleep for two to three days in collecting evidence and apprehending suspects, he said.
Once officers develop leads they do not pass the investigation off to the next shift, Dickerson said.
Officers are also mindful of the survivors and their families and keep them abreast of information as it comes in, at the same time considering their feelings and emotions as survivors, Sholar said.
“The sheriff had officer Cook and McMillen in close contact with me during the whole process,” he said. “They didn’t rest until they found the suspects. That means a whole lot to me. It helped ease my mind.”
“We certainly appreciate the Sholar family and are sympathetic with the Williams and Sholar families,” Dickerson said. “They have been most understanding that we have rules of law to hold to a high standard of investigation. We keep on going if we have something to follow. It is something I try to instill in my officers and as a result of this, we’ve been successful in solving violent crimes in our area. That’s not the case with some departments, but it is with ours.”
He said both families were understanding of the duties of his investigators and their functions throughout.
“We certainly appreciate that,” Dickerson said.
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