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Cold Case suspect

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Published on August 21, 2019 -
Cold Case suspect
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Cold Case suspect

A news conference this afternoon to ask for the publics help in a 7 year old case.

News 12 joeli poole joins us live in the studio with just what that help might be investigators need your help in locating a chattanooga man that they believe killed someone back in october of 2012.

Lucas fuller/ homicide investigator : "he was a suspect and as time progressed there was enough information to come out to pursue charges against justin thurman."

Today investigators brought news 12 up to date on a cold case from seven years ago that left one man dead in his car.

Cory foster: neighbor" this my sixth death on this street."

All due to violence on east 14th street says cory foster cory foster/ neighbor: first my uncle bucky died, then my uncle toot died, then my uncle szars died, then my uncle joey died, then my uncle robert died and now leslie.

All on this street?

Forster: all on this street.

Police say leslie townsend was sitting in his car outside of his own home, when police say someone shot him to death.

Neighbors say townsend used to sit in his car and listen to music to clear his mind, that's what they believe he was doing just moments before his death.

According to the police townsend's death marks the third homicide at the home within a few years.

His uncle robert was murdered on the porch the march before townsend's death.

Police have also hit a roadblock with communicating with the victim's family.

Lucas fuller/homicide invesitgator: currently we are trying to locate the family, the family has moved.

Attempts have been made to contact the family but have been unsuccessful."

"i don't know what's going on, but i pray to god that they find the person who do it."

Police believe they have the right guy.

Neal pinkston/district attorney "this week the hamilton county grand jury indicted justin thurman, in the 2012 first degree felony murder homicide of leslie townsend."

If you see justin thurman call police immediately, do not approach him.

Live in the studio, joeli

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