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01/31/06

Murder Victim's Widow Not Cooperating with Police

Fred Gleason was shot in front of his home on November 28. Fred Gleason was shot in front of his home on November 28.

Someone shot and killed Fred Gleason on November 28 of last year. He was shot in head at close range in front of his Ardsley Park home. Police have called his death a cold-blooded murder.

In the beginning, investigators thought they had a star witness to the crime. "Mrs. Gleason was an eyewitness to her husband's killing," said Capt. Bob Merriman with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

Investigators say Ann Gleason told them she was sitting in her car in front of their house when two young black men approached her. They demanded the keys to the car. They got them, then shot Fred Gleason.

Police interviewed Ann the night her husband died and again a few days later, on December 9. "After that time frame, particularly since December 9, she has not been cooperating with the police regarding any further interviews," said Capt. Merriman.

She won't talk to them and she won't even look at mug shots. Police say her lack of cooperation is hurting their case.

"She's the one that named these two individuals as suspects in this case, she's pertinent to the investigation," said Capt. Merriman. "If we were to come up with suspects that she stated to investigators, she might be able to identify at least the trigger man. We'd want to show her photos and hopefully she could ID someone. You can understand why we would still want to have contact with Mrs. Gleason."

Police say her lack of cooperation is also suspicious. "She's a person of interest," Capt. Merriman told us.

Unless she starts talking or police get some new leads, investigators worry the case could go cold.

A message left with Ann Gleason's attorney was not returned.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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