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Zeigler Furniture Store Murders

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Real Names: Eunice Zeigler, Perry and Virginia Edwards, Charlie Mays
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Winter Garden, Florida
Date: December 24, 1975

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Eunice Zeigler
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Details: On December 24, 1975, thirty-year-old Tommy Zeigler called the police and said that there had been a robbery at his furniture store, and that he had been shot through the abdomen. Unknown to Tommy at that time was the fact that his wife, Eunice, her parents, Perry and Virginia Edwards and a store customer, Charlie Mays lay dead on the floor of the darkened store. Tommy was rushed to the hospital where he was eventually arrested and accused of the murders.

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Perry and Virginia Edwards
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Tommy was later tried and convicted of the four murders. He was sentenced to death by Judge Maurice Paul who had opposed Tommy as a character witness in a trial of Tommy's friend, Andrew James a few months before the murders. Zeigler believes that a key witness lied on the stand to implicate him and that he was further railroaded by the police and the court system in a hurry to close the case.
Suspects: The police in this case have not yet identified any other suspects in this case other than Tommy Zeigler. As far as they are concerned, Zeigler is the perpetrator who has stood trial and was convicted. The conviction has withstood numerous appeals.

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Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the January 31, 1997 episode.
Results: Unsolved. Zeigler's conviction stands unabated. In 2002, DNA testing on limited samples did not match Perry Edwards. This does not mean that his blood was not on Zeigler's shirt, as much blood on the shirt could not be tested. The blood of Charlie Mays was on Zeigler's shirt, which is not surprising given that his death, being beaten and shot, occured at the store.

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