Severson Reward

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The Christmas Eve murder of a Houston County man is still unsolved, and now officials have increased the reward for any information leading to an arrest.

The murder of Zackary Jermaine Severson has now caught the attention of Gov. Bob Riley.

He has added more money to the Crimestoppers reward, in the hopes of bringing this murder to justice. Zackary Jermaine Severson was shot to death in the middle of west Newton Street in Dothan.

The Christmas Eve murder shook neighbors and has stunned law enforcement officers.

And the fact that there are no hot leads as to who could have committed this crime, is alarming.

Dothan Police Chief John Powell says, "It's always extremely important when we have a violent crime that occurs in a neighborhood or community that we have a resolution as quickly as possible."

So after the police department petitioned the District Attorney’s office for help, Gov. Riley reviewed the case and offered additional money to the Crimestoppers reward.

Chief John Powell says, "Usually it comes when it's very difficult to get suspects or leads in a case. They will do that to generate additional information so the investigation can continue."

So far, no murder weapon has been found, and there are no prime suspects.

But Chief Powell believes that with media attention and additional money being offered, the leads will start picking up again.

Officials would not say whether they believe Mr. Severson knew his killer, but they did say that a lot of the investigation depends on the cooperation of those they have been interviewing.

Also, the crime is hard to solve because of the time of year it occurred.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 793-7000 or the Dothan Police Department at 615-3602.