Never Too Late for Justice: The LuElla Scott Murder Investigation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/2/05

Never Too Late for Justice: The LuElla Scott Murder Investigation

Police think 57-year-old LuElla Scott was simply following her morning routine when someone killed her in her own backyard. Assistant Police Chief Thomas Esparza says, "We found Miss Scott in one of the bedrooms and she had been stabbed and beaten and deceased for at least a couple of days by the look of it. It was a pretty violent scene."

Chief Esparza was one of the first officers to respond to 1801 East 26th Street on August 18th 1983. He doesn't need the police report to tell you what he saw that day in LuEllas Scott's backyard. He recalls, "It looked like she was attacked there and drug behind a white storage building in the backyard close to the alley. There were signs of struggle there... some blood spatter and smears and you could follow, from that area, drag marks back to the house and into her bedroom."

LuElla's home was relatively undisturbed, her clothes for the day still laid out on the bed and no signs of forced entry. Police believe she had gone outside to get the morning paper when she was attacked. Chief Esparza says, "We found hair curlers, a house shoe and some other items in that area. It was brutal, it really was. She fought, she fought hard."

LuElla's co-workers at Lubbock State School went looking for her when she didn't show up for work only to make a grim discovery. Police have never pinpointed a suspect and they don't know why LuElla was targeted. Chief Esparza says, "This is one I'm very familiar with and I was there from the beginning and have always... would just love to see it solved. It's just another one that just tears at me."

A few items were also taken from LuElla Scott's home and a set of her keys were found several blocks from her house. If you know anything at all about this murder, please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

NewsChannel 11 would like to send our condolences to the Scott family. LuElla Scott's husband George Scott, Jr. passed away just over a week ago without seeing justice done in this case.

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