Jeanerette, La. -
An Iberia Parish family is getting closer to closure in a decades old cold case out of California.
In 1986, one week after moving to the Golden State, a Jeanerette man was stabbed and beaten to death in San Diego. At 20 years old, Cyrus Jefferson left Louisiana headed for a fresh start in California in the fall of 1986.
"I heard from him when he got there. Actually, he told me he was okay and he was enjoying California. Two days later, I hadn't heard from him again," said Jefferson's sister Shelisi Olivier.
Days later, Iberia Parish deputies showed up at her family's door to break the news that Cyrus had been killed, stabbed multiple times.
"And beaten and more or less thrown out on a dirt road," said Olivier.
The case was cold for decades until a San Diego detective looking into the murder found an old glove in evidence that had never been tested. The DNA on the glove returned a match from an original suspect who had been let go because police didn't have enough evidence
"Listening to everything and just seeing it for the first time it kind of brought some closure. But at the same time, I was angry," said Olivier.
Olivier credits her family's persistence for keeping Cyrus' case alive. They checked in with police in San Diego at least once a year for 32 years straight.
"It was actually rejected twice, and that's not normal that somebody would take the case for a third time after it was rejected twice," said Olivier.
Stacy Littleton, 52, is now charged for the murder. Olivier suspects his motivation was money. Some of the most fond memories of her brother's life of kindness are what she says put a target on his back.
"He befriended everybody. He went to a big town, a big city, being a country person, a country boy just being ignorant," said Olivier.