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Crime Of The Week: Aug. 19, 2008

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police are looking for the man who killed a woman in an East Nashville Kroger parking lot.

The murder happened in 1987.

The family is still waiting for closure.

Carolyn Phillips had been shopping at the Kroger on Gallatin Road near Eastland Avenue. When she came out of the store a man tried to rob her after she got into her car.

"She started honking her horn and screaming and, at that time, the suspect shot her and took off on foot on Eastland up toward North 12th Street," said Metro detective Jim Lambert.

It's been a long time since the murder but he's not giving up on trying to solve it.

"I worked that case myself, and what I'm hoping for after 22 years is that this suspect told somebody that he was involved in this," Lambert said.

Witnesses said the suspect was not wearing a shirt at the time of the murder.

"He was sitting there smoking some cigarettes. He would take his shirt off. He'd milled around there for quite a while before this robbery attempt.  I think he was waiting for the right person to come out and take the opportunity to rob them," Lambert said.

Phillips' family lives in Clarksville. When she was killed she lived off Shelby Street. Earlier in the year, Phillips lost her husband. It was a bad year for the family.

So, police are hoping someone will remember that night in June 22 years ago and turn in the suspect.

"Whether it be an old girlfriend, a wife or ex-wife or whoever he has told somebody that he was involved in this," Lambert said.

If anyone has information about the murder of Carolyn Phillips call Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for clues in this case. The phone number is 74-CRIME and callers will remain anonymous.

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