Detective believes he could solve 27 year old murder case
MAYFIELD, Ky. - James Rickman, according to police reports, was sitting in a recliner inside his home, reading a book when he was shot and killed.
It was the early morning hours of May 26, 1986 and it was a friend who would discover the body the following day. Rickman, 25, according to reports had been shot through his front window two times in the chest. The perpetrator then entered his home and shot him a third time in the side of the head. Police say the phone line had also been cut.
Some 27 years later, Kentucky State Police Detective Brett Miller is desperate to crack the case.
"Every detective has that one cold case that they think about quite a bit and this is mine," he admitted.
Miller has had the case for five years. For five years he has been pouring over what other detectives may have missed and calling James Rickman's family every step of the way.
"It's tough because I don't have anything to tell 'em and it's been all these years," he continued.
Miller does not have a home to re-visit or neighbors to talk to because the scene of the crime is now a car lot. Miller is relying on a few faded pictures and some well-worn case files but says he is not discouraged.
"It's solve-able, it is," he said, adding when it comes to the family, "I want to be able to tell them why."
Detective Miller says K-S-P has the evidence collected nearly three decades ago and hints new technology could help this case. But, he says, it is tips he is relying on. He calls people "the best evidence."
Anyone with any information on the death of James 'Moose' Rickman is asked to call Kentucky State Police.