EXCLUSIVE: Mysterious envelope delivered to WHNT sheds light on Alonzo McGhee homicide case


LTC Alonzo McGhee

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Nearly two years since Army Lt. Col. Alonzo McGhee was gunned down outside his former home in Owens Cross Roads,an envelope sent to the WHNT News 19 newsroom from an unknown person is helping to fill in the gaps in the story.

The envelope, including copies of official Army records, police reports, and letter from family members to a judge in the case, showed up in a mailbox at our station Tuesday.

We alerted Huntsville Police investigators working this high-profile homicide case to the packet, and two investigators came to our station to review the information included.

Questions remain about who sent the information and why. But investigators say everything inside shows some insight into the difficulties surrounding the case.


The packet includes a letter signed by McGhee's three children asking a judge to not allow their grandfather, Zach Miler Jr., to be the conservator over thousands of dollars in an Army death benefit. The benefit name was changed in the year before McGhee was killed.

It appears the McGhee children, or whomever wrote the letter, would like a judge to take away that power from  Alonzo's father.

Investigation Continues

Huntsville Police homicide detectives continue to work on the case, but tips coming into their office have slowed. A cash reward remains for information helping them lead to an arrest and conviction.

On Thursday, Dec 18, WHNT NEWS 19 received a fax that appears to contain a document intended for the court signed by Fillis McGhee.  Fillis and Alonzo McGhee were divorced at the time of Alonzo McGhee's murder.  The fax claims McGhee's children want to be heard in court.  It also says Alonzo's father is not using insurance and pension money as Alonzo wanted.  The fax also claims there is electronic correspondence between Alonzo and his father which spells out how such funds were to be used in case the situation arose.

Click here for our continued coverage of this murder case.



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