Taking Action Against Unsolved Crimes: Nollie "Bo" Hudgens

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By Catalina Trivino

CBS 8 and ABC Montgomery is starting a Taking Action Against Crime series to air the next four Tuesdays called "Unsolved Crimes."

We begin the series in Montgomery, by going back four years ago to investigate a case where a man was brutally murdered in broad daylight.

Nollie "Bo" Hudgens was an independent contractor. He was at a Montgomery apartment complex laying tile on April 8th, 2010. Police say when he stepped outside he was helping a co-worker who was being robbed at gunpoint.

Instead, Hudgens was shot to death. Today, the person who killed him is still a mystery.
 
With each day that passes, the case grows colder.

"The thing about the guy that shot him though... he would've given him everything," Said Hudgen's sister, Terri Butler.
 
But instead, Hudgens lost his life. His family says they're left with nothing, but memories of him and frustration to find the person who killed him.

"We have to go through this. Not knowing who did it because there's nobody who will come forward and there's somebody out there who knows who did it," Said his wife, Tracey Hudgens.

It goes back to April 8th, 2010...

Police say around 1:30 P.M., a gunman walked in the Camelot Apartment homes where Hudgens was laying tile. They say he demanded money from Hudgens' co-worker.

That eyewitness told us the man held a gun to his head and robbed him... all for only $3. That's when he says Hudgens tried to help until the robber shot Hudgens in stomach. He later died.

Reporter Catalina Trivino went back to the crime scene with the family. It was the first time they had re-visted the scene since the crime. Emotions ran high -- both Butler and Hudgens, who were at the scene cried in one another's arms saying in that moment where their loved one last stood was all too real...

"Whoever this person is, if they can do the right thing just this time and serve your time, whatever that's going to be because I can tell them one thing: it's been worse for us than for the man who did this," Said Butler.

"Each year goes by you count the years, but it's just like it happened last week. It's just that bad... But we don't know anymore now than we did the first week," Said Nollie Hudgens Sr., the victim's father.
 
Since the murder happened, police say they haven't stopped looking

Lt. Christopher Coughlin, Bureau Commander of the Montgomery Police Homicide Unit, says all it takes is one lead to heat up this cold case.

"We're looking to the public for help. On this case, one of these older cases, where we don't have any active leads, if anyone has any information, that's really what we're looking for: for people to step forward," Said Coughlin.
 
So that the man who was last seen laying tile, lays to rest with closure. And a family's questions can be finally answered.
 
The family is pleading for the public's help. They say his death has been extremely difficult for them to deal with, but not knowing who killed him has turned their world upside down.

There is a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Hudgen's murder.

The suspect is described as a black man in his twenties, 5'8", about 150 pounds carrying a handgun. At the time of the shooting, police say he was wearing a navy blue sweatshirt and green pants.

If you have a tip, you're asked to call any of the numbers below:

Montgomery Police: 334-241-2831

Crimestoppers: 334-215-STOP

Secret Witness line: 334-262-4000

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