Huntsville Police Chief: Alonzo McGhee Homicide Investigation Still ‘Wide Open’
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Large billboards appeared in Huntsville this week on behalf of slain Huntsville man Alonzo McGhee.
The signage strategically placed in 6 Madison County locations by friends of McGhee is the latest move in the effort to learn new information in the case.
“We believe there is someone out there who has some piece of knowledge,” says Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris.
McGhee was shot in front of his south Huntsville home in January. Morris explains in light of the elapsed time with no arrests, many homicide investigations do not wrap up with a bow as swiftly as depicted in television detective shows.
“Homicide investigations can be lengthy, they can be very complicated and things are not always as simple as they seem.”
Complicated, Morris says, because when bringing a charge in a homicide case investigators get one chance to get it right.
“So we have to make sure we have everything that we can possibly have because our goal is successful prosecution of the offender in the case,” says Morris.
Chief Morris says just because a lack of public information may cause cases to ‘go cold’ in the minds of the masses does not reflect the continued investigatory work happening every single day within the department.
“We continue to investigate the cases,” assures Morris, “probably as aggressively as we have from the beginning – the difference is we just don’t give regular updates on our progress on the case.”
There is a $20,000 reward offered for any information leading to an arrest in the Alonzo McGhee homicide case.