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Grand Jury convened in cold case

Monday, February 25, 2008

Clay County Circuit Court officials confirmed Monday that an eight-member panel has been convened in the Grand Jury cold case investigation of the 20-year-old double homicide of Brazil residents Tonya Pickett, 16, and her stepfather Ricky Mustard, 32.

With 20 years worth of information collected during three separate investigations into the case, jury members are expected to begin reviewing evidence presented by Special Prosecutors David Powell and Delbert Brewer today.

Officials have not released the name(s) of the potential target(s) of the Grand Jury investigation because of the secretive nature of the process, but did confirm there was potentially more than one.

"We are going to give the Grand Jury everything we have," Powell said during a press conference at the Clay County Justice Center on Feb. 7. "We believe this case can be solved, or we wouldn't be doing this."

Up to 230 potential witnesses could be called to testify in a process officials believe will take approximately three-four weeks, but have up to six months to complete.

"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."

Officials believe that convening a Grand Jury will enhance the investigative process in the 20-year-old case and help develop even more evidence because witnesses are compelled to tell the truth by penalty of perjury.

This is the second Grand Jury convened in this case. The first took place in 2004, after one of the original investigators, Captain Roger Lindsay, was accused of creating false information that wrongly implicated individuals of the murders and hampered both the original case and the ISP Cold Case Investigative Team's investigation of the unsolved crime for more than 17 years.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, 1988, shortly before 1:30 a.m., Ricky Mustard and stepdaughter Tonya Pickett were discovered inside their home located at 110 W. Pinckley Street dead from gunshot wounds to their heads when wife/mother Cheryl Pickett returned home from work.

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i hope that this will finally bring closure to all those involved. to bad its taken 20 yrs but they never gave up. hope justise is served.

-- Posted by pepsilady on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 3:04 AM

Dear Community,

Let me assure you that I will never rest until justice is served. It is my life's mission to see justice for my family. So the "person of interest", rest not, because I will not rest until you pay for what you have done.


-- Posted by cpickett on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 8:03 AM

I agree with you CP, I also will not rest till justice is served with our family.Its been going on long enough! But if mans law doesnt do it,,,I know in my heart that in the end,, Gods' mighty hand will!

-- Posted by skycirrus on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 9:52 AM

This was LONG overdue! I am glad that this won't go down as one of Brazil's unsolved mysteries.....finally the truth.

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 1:02 PM

It's a shame that it has taken this long to get going at full speed.

Ricky, I love ya cuz, and miss you! Justice will be served. May you rest in peace now with other family members who have gone to join you...

-- Posted by realpi on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 12:19 AM

Who does God's law?

-- Posted by Ricks Nephew on Sat, Aug 2, 2008, at 6:37 PM

Closure is a term found only in the dictionary. It's never over.

-- Posted by Ricks Nephew on Sat, Aug 2, 2008, at 6:39 PM

Have fun in Chicago

-- Posted by Ricks Nephew on Sat, Aug 2, 2008, at 6:39 PM

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