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Crime Of The Week: March 11, 2008

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Outside the Shearons' house Outside the Shearons' house
Brad Putnam of the Metro Police Department Brad Putnam of the Metro Police Department

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police said the streets would be safer if the public could help them find the men responsible for a home invasion and murder in West Nashville.

The suspects shot and killed the homeowner.

There are two cash rewards available to someone who can help solve the case. 

It happened at the home of James Ed Shearon and his wife on Jan. 18 at about 3:30 a.m.

The couple was in bed inside their home on Watts Terrace in West Nashville.

A loud bang woke them up. James Shearon got up and went to the kitchen.

Police believe he encountered two men.

"According to his wife she heard one of the individuals make the statement, 'Where's the safe?' and she heard gunshots," said Brad Putnam of the Metro Police Department.

Shearon's wife called 911. She stayed away from the kitchen until police arrived. Then she went into the kitchen.

The kitchen door was kicked in and her husband's lifeless body was lying on the floor.

"The thing about this is she heard one of the individuals was making the statement about the safe, which leads us to believe that it's someone who is in the inner circle that knows the family," Putnam said. "Not too many people knew a safe was kept in the house."

Police said they don't have description of the killers, who did not take anything.

"There's nothing to indicate this man was involved in any criminal activity," Putnam said. "He's in the sanctity of his own home sleeping when someone forced their way into his home, and he investigates and unfortunately the man is dead."

If anyone has information that can help police solve the murder of James Ed Shearon they should call Crime Stoppers.

The number to Crime Stoppers is 74-CRIME.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest and prosecution.

The victim's widow is offering another $5,000.

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