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The Case of Willie Louise Kellum

Air Date: Jan. 24

CASE UPDATE:
Markis Heard will be indicted for the capital murder of Ms. Louise Kellum. If convicted, he will face either life in prison or the death penalty.

VICTIM INFO:
Willie Louise Kellum, 78

LOCATION:
Camp Hill, Alabama

DATE OF CRIME:
February 21, 2005

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES:
Camp Hill Police Department

DETECTIVES / GUEST EXPERTS:
Chief Roosevelt Finley (CHPD), Lieutenant Nathan White (CHPD), DD Shirley.

CASE DESCRIPTION:
Willie Louise Kellum was loved by everyone in the small, rural community of Camp Hill, AL. Every Sunday she would attend the Mt Lovely Baptist Church where she was surrounded by her many friends and her large family of daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. At 78 years old, Miss Louise had a dry wit and boundless energy as she continued to work well into her retirement as a cook at the local Head Start Program, a job she had happily worked for over 40 years. The program focuses on child development and serves many low-income families in the tri-county area. Miss Louise loved spending time with the children from all over the community; it was a genuine passion for her. The morning of February 21, 2005 started off as a fairly uneventful day. Miss Louise ran a few errands, including a stop at the local grocery store, which was the last place she was seen alive. Later that evening, her grandson who was living with her at the time, found Miss Louise lying unconscious in his room and called 911. When the Camp Hill Police arrived at her home they found Miss Louise, with a cord wrapped around her neck and bruises all over her body. Her murder rocked the entire community, as she was loved by so many. Chief Roosevelt Finley of the Camp Hill Police Department knew Miss Louise well and her murder bothers him more than any other hes investigated. He has vowed not to rest until he finds her killer.