"We are going to give the Grand Jury everything we have," Special Prosecutor David Powell said during a press conference at the Clay County Justice Center Thursday morning. "We believe this case can be solved, or we wouldn't be doing this."
Powell and Delbert Brewer will present 20 years worth of evidence collected during three separate investigations to the six jurors and two alternates to be selected by Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout on Feb. 20.
"You could fill an entire wall with all the binders of information gathered during the investigation of this case. Imagine how many missed diamonds of information in there that could have been overlooked over the years, we took a fresh look at that information," Powell said. "It's our job to review this information and present it to the Grand Jury so they can take a fresh look at it and see if we can solve this case."
Powell explained convening a Grand Jury would enhance the investigative process in the case and help develop even more evidence.
"When a police officer interviews a witness, they are not under oath to tell the truth, but as a witness to the Grand Jury, they are compelled to tell the truth by penalty of perjury," he said.
A brief summary of the crime was provided to the media at the press conference.
On Friday, Nov. 19, 1988, Cheryl Mustard arrived home from work shortly before 1:30 a.m., to find her husband Ricky, who was recuperating from a motorcycle accident in July, dead from at least one gunshot wound to the head. She then found her daughter Tonya lying on the kitchen floor, also dead from at least one gunshot wound to the head.
Officials believe an unknown assailant(s) entered the home at 110 W. Pinckley Street, and used a shotgun to kill Pickett and Mustard. A three-inch Magnum 12-gauge shell was located at the scene, which is consistent with the wounds on the victim.
"The murder weapon has never been recovered over the years," Powell said, adding that investigators are still looking for leads on the whereabouts of the weapon. "Many have been tested over the years and ruled out. If anyone has information about the weapon, please contact authorities."
Powell said officials would not release the name(s) of the target(s) of the Grand Jury because of the secretive nature of the process, but did confirm there was potentially more than one.
"That's not set in stone because we are continuing to work this case on a daily basis," he said about the investigation that continues to develop new information as early as Wednesday. "It would be inappropriate to second guess the prior investigations. The Grand Jury will tell us whether we have solved it."