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Memphis Family Offers Corvette + $10k for Info in 2011 Murder

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Wess Haubrich
The Corvette C4 has 76,000 miles.WREG

Dennis Gilliam was gunned down almost a decade ago. The story is a sad and strange one.

The night of September of September 23, 2011 would prove to be a bloody one at a residence on Forsyth Drive in southeast Memphis.

There was a big fight going on outside the residence that night where Dennis Gilliam (age 48) and his brother Anthony were present. Anthony tried to get his brother to leave. He refused and said he was going to sleep inside.

This would be the last time he was seen alive.

The police would not be called until 2:30 PM the next day after Gilliam’s wife found her husband. Investigators went to the residence and found Dennis Gilliam in his bed with a single through and through gunshot wound to his forehead. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sadness and pain was unfortunately only beginning for the Gilliam family. Almost a year later, Dennis’s mother hired a Jermichael Bruce to catch her son’s killer.

Bruce represented himself to the Gilliam family as a bail bondsman working for a company called “Paradigm Professional Services, Inc.” He was absolutely nothing of the sort and there existed no record of incorporation for Paradigm in Tennessee.

He ended up scamming the family out of the sum of $5987. He also used blue lights on his car – a crime in itself. Bruce was ultimately arrested for his scam.

A Ryan Nelson was arrested for Gilliam’s murder but released in 2012 for lack of evidence. He was originally charged with assault for the fight and nothing else. The case has remained cold ever since.

The Corvette is a C4 with around 76 thousand miles. Anthony Gilliam has owned the vehicle for some time.

If you know anything about this case, call or text Memphis Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

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