Authorities on Wednesday announced that they were following new leads in the 2009 execution-style killing of a prominent civil litigation attorney in Rolling Hills Estates as they renewed pleas to the public for help solving the case.
Jeffrey Tidus, 53, was fatally shot the night of Dec. 7, 2009, after attending a fundraiser in Redondo Beach, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.
He had already been inside his home when he went back outside to retrieve his work laptop computer from his car in the driveway. As he did so, someone approached him from behind and shot him once in the head, the release stated.
Tidus died the following day at UCLA Harbor Medical Center, where he had been taken after the shooting.
More than seven years later, the crime remains unsolved; several tips detectives had pursued earlier did not pan out, investigators said.
However, homicide detectives announced at a 10 a.m. news conference that they were following new leads in what had been a cold case.
Though they couldn’t provide specific information because of the ongoing investigation, detectives said recent tips indicate the homicide is somehow tied to the victim’s work as a litigator.
“That’s why we’re here holding this press conference today, in the hopes that we can get those individuals to muster up the courage to come forward and provide us with that information that we need,” said sheriff’s Lt. Victor Lewandowski.
Tidus, who had a number of well-known clients, won a number of large settlements in the final year of his life, the victim’s widow said in a 2012 interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Sheryl Tidus told the newspaper that the couple “never in a million years” feared for their safety.
Speaking at the news conference, she said she was unaware of any enemy or enemies that her husband may have had. The couple was married for 25 years, and would have celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary this Saturday.
“We deserve answers, we all deserve to know what went on, why,” she said.
Sheryl Tidus said her husband was a believer in justice, and said she won’t give up until the family gets that.
“It’s taking … longer than we’d like, but we’re not giving up,” she told KTLA. “We’re very hopeful.”
The unsolved killing is the last recorded homicide in Rolling Hills Estates, and only the second in that area since Jan. 1, 2000, according to data from The L.A. Times Homicide Report.
A $100,000 reward has been offered in the case for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailant.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a $10,000 reward in the case, while the victim’s family put in an additional $90,000, the release stated.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact detectives R. Kenny or J. Espino at 323-890-5500.
Additionally, those who prefer to leave a tip anonymously can call Crime Stoppers by dialing 1-800-222-8477.