Camp Hill police make arrest for 2005 murderPublished 8:27pm Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Camp Hill police got one step closer to justice this month in a murder case that has been open for more than eight years.
Willie Louise Kellum, age 78, was found beaten to death in her home on Feb. 21, 2005. Camp Hill Police Chief Roosevelt Finley announced Tuesday the state Department of Forensic Sciences had “definitively linked” a Camp Hill man, Markis Heard, 33, to Kellum’s brutal murder.
Finley was in communication with the district attorney’s office Tuesday seeking an indictment for murder. Heard is currently incarcerated by the Alabama Department of Corrections at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery County.
Alabama DOC spokesperson Brian Corbett said Heard is currently serving a 15-year sentence for first-degree sexual abuse.
With a case this “cold,” Finley said, and due to the severity of the crime, “you have to work the case backwards, the back forwards to the present and make sure everything’s right.”
Finley, who was first on the scene and discovered the murder in 2005, lamented Kellum’s death to The Record following the crime.
“It saddens me to have to work this case because she was such a nice lady, and I knew her personally,” he said.
“She was the type of individual that tried to help anyone and everyone that she could. It’s just a shame.”
Camp Hill police thanked the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fifth Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for bringing the case to a successful conclusion.