$25,000 Reward for Businessman's Killer

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Updated: 9/05/2008 9:55 pm Published: 9/05/2008 8:41 pm

The Tulsa Crime Commission ups the ante to catch a cold-blooded killer.  Early Friday morning, Tulsa businessman Neal Sweeney died after being shot once in the head. It happened yesterday morning at Sweeney’s office.  There is now a $25,000 reward for information that puts his killer behind bars. 
Police say it does not appear that the shooter was a disgruntled employee.  But he seemed to know how and where to find Sweeney.  The question tonight: Was Sweeney a target?  Police say, like any murder, they’re looking into Sweeney’s personal and business relationships.  But the man behind the reward money  says Sweeney seemed to be liked by nearly everyone.
It was a crime that shocked everyone who knew him.  Tulsa businessman Neal Sweeney gunned down inside the office of Retail Fuels Marketing.
“I feel terrible, obviously.  I feel for the family.  I’ve known the family almost as long as I’ve known Neal and they need justice,” says partner and fellow Tulsa businessman Bob Phillips.  He has coordinated a $25,000 reward for information leading to Sweeney’s killer. 
“We don’t know a lot about what could have been the reasoning behind this.  But we need to get to the bottom of it, and I hope this reward helps,” says Phillips.
Crime Commission Director Carol Bush is confident the extra bounty will entice someone to come forward.
“On high-profile cases a lot of times we will get extra reward funds.  I’ve been at the Crime Commission for three years now, and only one time did we not put those rewards there and catch somebody,” says Bush.

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