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10 Years After Seattle Prosecutor’s Unsolved Slaying, AG and FBI Plan Ad Campaign Seeking New Leads

Posted Sep 28, 2011 2:59 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A reward of up to $1 million offered soon after a federal prosecutor was murdered in his Seattle home almost a decade ago hasn't solved the case. So, as the 10th anniversary of the unsolved slaying of 49-year-old Thomas Wales nears, Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce a multimedia advertising campaign seeking new tips at a press conference today.

If Wales was killed because of his work, says the Seattle Times, he would be the first federal prosecutor in the nation's history killed in the line of duty. He was shot to death through a basement window on Oct. 11, 2001 as he worked on a computer. The weapon reportedly may have been a Eastern European pistol known as a Makarov.

"This is a really important case to us," Gregory Fowler, who heads both the Wales probe and the FBI's office in Portland, Ore. "Primarily, what we're hoping to do is spark a memory that someone may have around the time of the murder."

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "AG Meets With Slain Prosecutor’s Family"

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