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After 8 years, murder of Beauregard man is still unsolved

The murder of Felton Tate in 2008 is still unsolved. (Source: WTVM) The murder of Felton Tate in 2008 is still unsolved. (Source: WTVM)

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - On July 9, 2008, Felton Tate was returning from work when he was shot multiple times in the chest outside his Beauregard home on Lee County Road 39. 

He was airlifted to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, where he died. Felton reportedly described his killer to family members while in the hospital as a black man with dreadlocks. Neighbors reported a white four-door car speeding away shortly after the shots were fired.  

“Unfortunately, those leads have been worked pretty hard and did not develop and definitive information," Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said. 

Lee County Sheriff's Office Captain Van Jackson said that they found many vehicles matching the description but nothing ever came of it.  

For Felton's brothers Freddy and Terry, the loss of their brother has not gotten any easier as time moves on. 

“It gets harder because you never know who did it. Could be talking to the person face to face and you will never know,” said Freddy Tate.  

“Over the years, you hear folks say that time heals all wounds, but that’s not true," Terry Tate said. 

In 2012, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced there was a $5,000 reward for information that would lead to an arrest in Felton’s murder.  

Despite the reward, Jackson he told us they did not get one single call following that announcement. In 2014, the case was revisited, and
the Tate brothers hoped to help spark some new attention that would lead to an arrest.  

Sheriff Jones said any attention this case receives can be valuable.

"It is getting the information back in front of the public again," Jones said. "There is somebody out there, we are convinced, that there is someone out there that knows something about this case, that knows what happened. That is the key: if we could get that information, if that one person could come forward then we could proceed with this case and hopefully bring justice for the Tate family."

Jones and Jackson said that often times when they arrest someone in a separate violent crime, they are questioned about Tate's death in 2008.

“We continuously spend every day thinking about their brother that they have lost," Jackson said. "If there is a case that comes up with circumstances or even just a morsel information that we feel like might link to this case, that we exhaust every means necessary.”

Even so, the Tate brothers are frustrated.

Terry Tate said that family gatherings are always tough without Felton, especially the 4th of July only five days before the anniversary of his brother's death.

“It happened a couple of days after 4th of July, we had just had a family gathering for 4th of July," Terry said. "It wasn’t long after that when he was murdered so anytime you have any kind of family gathering it is a reminder about what happened.

But Jackson and Jones says they do not have to be reminded about what happened to Felton, they think about it almost every day.

“We continuously spend every day thinking about their brother that they have lost. We also, if there is a case that comes up with circumstances or even just a morsel information that we feel like might link to this case, that we exhaust every means necessary."

Again, there is a $5,000 reward for any information that leads in an arrest in this case.  

Anyone with information about the murder of Felton Tate is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (334)-749-5651.

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