Never Too Late for Justice: KY Anderson Murder Case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Never Too Late for Justice: KY Anderson Murder Case

The pre-dawn hours of October 18th 2000 were cold, damp, and dreary from an overnight rainstorm in Lubbock. The weather perhaps a foreshadowing of the violent events to come. Events that left a 42-year-old truck driver dead from a single, close range, rifle shot to the cheek. Assistant Police Chief Thomas Esparza recalls, "He was found by some co-workers next to his truck and was laying in a pool of blood. When officers arrived they immediately noticed he had a visible wound to the cheek area."

Police got the call at 2:22 a.m. There was a man down at Rollins Truck Yard, 4403 Clovis Road. That man was KY Anderson, a truck driver for Bell Dairy. Police believe he was kneeling to disconnect his trailer and likely didn't even see death coming. Chief Esparza says, "We've never been able to pinpoint one suspect and get enough evidence to file charges."

Today, Penske Truck Rental sits where Rollins used to. Five years have passed and police worry so too will memories of that night. The last bit of new information came to them a year ago. Chief Esparza explains, "An eyewitness, a confession would be great... someone to come in and say 'I saw it, this is who did it."

NewsChannel 11 interviewed KY's wife and mother three years ago. They are a family in mourning and closure in this case would be nice for them. Wife Debra Anderson said, "The pain is still there. The killer is at large." KY's mother Loletha Anderson said, "I don't know if they meant to hurt us or just him, but they did a good job at hurting and tearing down a family."

Police can't say if anything in KY's background would have led someone to murder him but they have not ruled out some of their initial suspects. Now, they hope something will lead to the break they need. Chief Esparza says, "Maybe a guilty conscience or it just got to the point where they couldn't take it anymore."

Police have worked many hours on this case and desperately want to solve it. Please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000 if you have any information at all.

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