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Police start new year trying to solve 2009 murders

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -They are the murder cases cops haven't forgotten. In North Charleston, two murders from this year have gone unsolved. "There are cases that unfortunately do go unsolved for years and years," North Charleston Police Lt. James Walley said.

On February 17,  24 year old Elijah Jefferson was found shot to death in the living room of an apartment on St. Johns Avenue in North Charleston. "Looks like he opened the door and whoever for whatever reason, shot him," said Walley.

Ten months later, investigators still don't have a suspect identified. "Lack of witnesses and anyone coming forth with any information," Walley said.

On May 27th, two teenagers discovered 30 year old Corey Chapman's body on a path between the Pepperidge and Pepperhill Subdivisions in North Charleston. Chapman also was shot to death. As was in the first case, no one came forward with any information. "Apparently happened during the night in a secluded area," said Walley. "People heard gunshots but really didn't see anything."

The City of Charleston has one unsolved murder case from this year. It happened  on Athens Court on Halloween. Detectives say 29 year old Eric Jenkins was found gunned down in front of a house, shot several times.

Walley says it's likely someone knows something the murders and it's possible the killer bragged to someone. "For whatever reason, the person they bragged to either is afraid to come forth or just hasn't for whatever reason they have," he said.

Walley said detectives don't plan to give up because they want to give the victims' families some closure. "In the long run those responsible parties will have to answer for it, maybe not with us and we may not see it but it will happen," he said.

If you have information, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111. You can remain anonymous and may earn a reward up to $1,000.

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