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Marshall woman seeks national attention for brother's murder case

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Demetria McFarland stands on the Marshall courthouse steps holding a photo of her brother Anthony "Boogie" Thomas. This year will mark the tenth anniversary of his murder, but McFarland is no closer to finding justice than she was a decade ago.

With few options, she's now trying to enlist the help of a national televisions show, TNT's Cold Justice. Every week, a former prosecutor and former crime scene investigator join forces to shed new light on an old case.

McFarland says she needs certain paperwork to show producers why they should consider Thomas' case, but she's run into a roadblock. McFarland says Marshall Police are reluctant to release their case files.

"I'm asking them to release it to someone that might look at it from a different perspective, [with] fresh eyes, [a] different mindset, and maybe bring us some closure," McFarland said. "The chief of police told me that it could quite possibly hurt a case, but there is no case."

Marshall Police Lt. Patrick Clayton says they still consider Thomas' murder an open investigation, and they're not opposed to involving Cold Justice. First, however, the department has to check with the city attorney and research legalities before they release the records.

"We just want to make sure we cover all the bases before we turn this over to an outside source that would televise it and basically put all the information out there for the public to see," Lt. Clayton said.

Clayton says MPD has zeroed in on at least one person of interest in Thomas' homicide, but there's not enough evidence to take a suspect before the Grand Jury.

There's certainly no guarantee that Cold Justice producers will pick McFarland's case, but she says she's willing to try anything.

"I refuse to give up," McFarland said. "We've already lost our brother so we don't really have anything else to lose."

In recent years, Marshall police have worked three to five homicides annually.

Since 1988, MPD's homicide clearance rate is at 86.6%; that's more than 20 percentage points higher than the national average.

If you have any information that could bring answers to McFarland, call MPD Detective Division at (903) 935-4540 or CrimeStoppers at (903) 935-9969.

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