Cold case murder victims family speaks out

These days Dorothy Bowles keeps her focus on the future of her grandchildren, but the recent break in her stepmother's murder case sent her mind back almost two decades.

Almeater Snell's family thought the day would never come.  A suspect in custody for her murder.

What Snell's stepdaughter finds most chilling about the case is that the suspect surfaced less than five miles from her home.  "Although it's been 17 years, it's like she just died," said Bowles.

Bowles says she sat in front of the TV in disbelief, as Action News 5 announced Clyde Chalmers' arrest for the 1989 murder of the 74-year-old Snell.  Police say Chalmers was trying to kill his estranged girlfriend, Sonyia Gray, Snell's granddaughter.  "I remembered him after I saw his face," Bowles recalled.

17 years after the murder a Memphis Police investigator, stationed in the military with Snell's family member, started asking questions that led police to a house on Gladstone where they found and arrested Chalmers.  "I think it's real scary that he was that close and we didn't know it," Bowles said.  In fact, the home where he was arrested was just across the tracks from Bowles.

Despite the circumstances, Bowles says she feels for Chalmers.  "I just pray for him that he can endure what he's got to take," she said.  Still, Bowles is relieved to know police have paved a new path on the road to justice.

Clyde Chalmers' court case is not yet scheduled, but Bowles says she'll be there.