Cold Case: Mother shot through bedroom window, killed in front of son

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The family of a woman gunned down while laying in bed at her home almost three years ago is speaking out, hoping someone will come forward with information about her murder.

Adela Pinckney, 38, died from the shotgun blast that shattered her bedroom window and went through the headboard in June 2009. Pinckney's 11-year-old son was next to her in the bed when it happened.

"He said when she fell off the bed on floor she said help me. There ain't been no help, no," said Pinckney's father Prince Pinckney.

Colleton County sheriff's deputies found shell casings at the crime scene, but no other evidence, and they were not able to identify any possible suspects.

No one came forward with any information and eventually the case went cold. The lead detective is convinced people are afraid to talk.

"Most definitely, most definitely. For whatever reason or another, fear plays a part in individuals withholding information from law enforcement," Sgt. Jeff Scott said Monday.

At the time of the murder, Colleton County was dealing with a huge gang problem.

Prince Pinckney doesn't believe it was gang related. He has his own theory.

"They shot in the house because she tell them not to come back no more and they had an argument and he couldn't get in the house so he came back and shot."

Investigators say they have no motive for the murder, and were hoping by now someone would have pointed them in the right direction.

"A mother gunned down with her child in bed, that it would touch the hearts, not only in our older community, but our youth as well," said Lt. Allen Inabinette.

The deadly shooting was the second time in about a year that somebody fired shots into Pinckney's Hampton St. home. The first time she called 911 and said the shots were fired as she and her kids were getting ready for bed. So far authorities have made no connection between the two incidents.

Right now, they are focusing on finding Pinckney's killer. Prince Pinckney is praying for closure.

"I'll put my hand on a bible, before next year somebody's going to come forward, somebody's going to come to me and gonna say I know who killed your daughter," he said.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Adela Pinckney's killer.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111. You don't have to give your name to earn the reward.

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