Family, Friends Offer Reward In McGhee Killing

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OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. (WHNT) - Police are still looking for the person who killed LTC Alonzo McGhee at his home in Owens Cross Roads in January.  Now, family and friends have put up a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

The Madison County District Attorney's Office may try to obtain more reward money from Governor Bentley's office.

The 44-year-old military officer was found shot to death outside his home on Pale Dawn Circle in January.  Police have never named a suspect in the homicide which happened just one week after Alonzo McGhee's divorce was finalized from his ex-wife, Filis McGhee. Detectives have not made any link between the timing of the divorce and the killing.

Neighbors welcomed news of the reward offer saying an arrest is long overdue.

"We're not hearing anything, and we kind of wonder what's going on," said Lowell Edmonds, who lives right next door to the McGhee house. "We don't hear a lot about it anymore, and we don't want it to die without it being resolved.  I think the reward will maybe bring some people forward that know something.  It's concerning. He was a real nice guy."

McGhee was not living in the home on Pale Dawn Circle at the time of the shooting.  His wife, Filis McGhee, and their two children were living there.  Neighbors told WHNT News 19 that Mrs. McGhee moved out shortly after the killing and has not returned since.

Alonzo McGhee's life insurance policy was put on hold through a court order earlier this year. Records show that Filis McGhee was listed as the sole benificiary on her ex-husband's $432,000 policy.  But, officials at Primerica said the insurance company cannot pay that out because Mrs. McGhee had not been ruled out as a suspect. However, authorities have never stated or suggested that Mrs. McGhee was involved in the murder.

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