PRICHARD | The saga of Jettis Holifield’s murder is finally over.
Tarrance Shavers admitted Friday to shooting the 20-year-old in the back of the head in front of a service station eight years ago. It’s a case that nearly fell through the cracks after Prichard police lost nearly everything related to the investigation except the initial report saying Holifield had been shot.
His mother, Melinda Holifield, fought for the case to be reopened, which eventually happened in 2007.
Prosecutors used eyewitness testimony and DNA evidence to find Shavers. He was sentenced to three years in prison and 17 years’ probation for the crime.
The case is the first successful prosecution for the Alabama Attorney General’s new cold case unit.