The bounty has been increased for information on who shot Rebecca Mooneyham through the front window of her home while she slept in her easy chair almost five years ago.
The reward has been increased to $5,000 for information about who shot the 46-year-old through the window of her Lawson Mill Road home. The grand total is the combination of private donations raised by her church and a contribution made by the TBI. The reward has existed in some form since shortly after her murder with some of the original bounty posters still hanging around the community.
The case remains unsolved leading up to the fifth anniversary of her murder Aug. 28. Her husband, Phillip Mooneyham, found his wife mortally wounded still sitting in her easy chair in front of their picture window, a bullet hole in the glass. He was rousted from his sleep by a loud noise and came running, at first thinking someone had dropped something on the floor.
Sheriff Jackie Matheny hopes raising the cash reward will bring new information forward.
“We hope this will get us some new leads,” Matheny said, noting his men have put countless hours into trying to find the killer.
Still baffling lawmen is the motive since Mooneyham was a well-liked member of the community serving as a Sunday School teacher and piano player at her church. The unusual nature of the murder has some believing her killing was a case of mistaken identity since it was dark at the time of the shooting.
Anyone having information should call sheriff’s investigators at 473-7863. The cash reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.