In 1978, a 15-year-old boy named Eugene Bond was shot in the head at Parkway East Apartments and died. The case was solved and his family received closure.
But, 30 years later, on Dec. 7, 2008, 41-year-old Euhommie Ollie Bond was shot at his business, Spanky's Bar and Grill, located at 1867 Hollywood Drive, about six miles away from where his brother Eugene had been killed. Euhommie was rushed to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time after arrival.
It's been four years since Euhommie Bond's death and while police have a person of interest, the murder case remains unresolved.
That's why the Jackson Police Department held a press conference Thursday on behalf of Euhommie Bond's family to announce that "certain interested parties in and around the West Tennessee community" have placed $15,000 on deposit with The Law Office of Sherry M. Percival, P.C.
"(The funds will) be held in trust for the purpose of offering a reward of up to $15,000 for substantial information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Euhommie Ollie Bond," said Lt. Tyreece Miller, commander of the Violent Crimes Unit. "These funds will be held and released at the recommendation of the Jackson Police Department and the District Attorney's Office.
Miller said the funds will be held until Dec. 7 of this year, which will be the fifth anniversary of Euhommie Bond's murder. He said the information about the murder must be given to police before that date and that the funds will then be held pending the disposition of the case and only released if the information leads to a conviction.
In addition to the private reward, Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that significantly furthers the investigation, Miller said.
According to a news release from the department, witnesses told police that Euhommie Bond had broken up a fight and had escorted some of the parties to the door and out of Spanky's when he was shot.
Police arrested a man shortly after who was identified by witnesses as one of the principals to the shooting, the release said. The case against that man was dismissed at a preliminary hearing when defense witnesses contradicted the man's physical presence and proximity to Euhommie Bond at the time of the shooting.
"The Jackson Police Department has a 'person of interest" in Mr. (Euhommie) Bond's murder," Miller said, "however, we do not have sufficient evidence to obtain an indictment yet."
Miller added, "We know there were numerous people at Spanky's that morning and believe that many of them were witnesses to the shooting. We hope that bringing this case back to the public's attention will encourage these witnesses to come forward."
Miller was joined at the podium by Jackson Police Chief Gill Kendrick; Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork; Jackson Police Captain Mike Holt, commander of the Criminal Investigation Division; and Jackson Police Deputy Chief Barry Michael. Jackson City Councilman Scott Conger and Jackson Police Lt. Mike Johnson, coordinator of Crime Stoppers, were also in attendance.
"We are a united front," Miller said. "We want to see justice served."
Kendrick later added, "If you know anything...It's time to step forward and tell what you know."
Euhommie Bond's brother, James Bond, 43, of Jackson, later spoke at the podium, telling those in attendance how grateful he and his family are that local law enforcement are continuing to pursue the murder case.
"We are so thankful that the case is moving to a closure," James Bond said. "My brother was a hard-working individual and a loving Christian man. He would do whatever he could to get the job done.
Euhommie Bond was a deputy with the Haywood County Sheriff's Department and had gotten off duty at 2 a.m. the morning he was shot. He was unarmed when he was shot nearly two hours later.
Euhommie Bond also worked as a police officer for the Murfreesboro Police Department and the Memphis Police Department, served as chief of police in Bradford, and was captain in the Army National Guard 130th Military Police Company stationed in Memphis.
When asked how Euhommie Bond's widow and two sons, ages 14 and 18, were doing, James Bond said they were doing fine and that his family was giving them love and support.
If you have any information about this case, you are asked to contact JPD's Violent Crimes Unit at 731-425-8400, Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477, email Lt. Tyreece Miller at email@example.com, call the Madison County Sheriff's Department at 731-423-6000, or submit a tip online at www.424tips.org.