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    UT - Sherry Black, 64, Salt Lake City, 30 Nov 2010

    South Salt Lake police are following a couple of leads in Tuesday's fatal stabbing of Sherry Black, a used book dealer and mother-in-law of Utah Jazz owner Greg Miller. They have not disclosed whether they were narrowing in on a suspect or a motive.

    Police have released few details about the slaying. Authorities are carefully reviewing the crime scene, and the investigation is in the beginning stages, said South Salt Lake Sgt. Gary Keller. As of Tuesday night, police hadn't determined a motive for the slaying.

    "At this time, we don't have a suspect," Keller said.

    It was not immediately known whether the business was open or if anyone else was present. Keller said Wednesday morning that police would continue to restrict traffic along 700 East as the crime scene investigation continued. He said earlier that forensic evidence is going to be crucial and authorities are going to pore over all evidence.

    Police are also asking for the public's help. "If they may have seen a car speeding away, somebody running from this location, anything that may have been or seemed suspicious or minute, please give us a call," Keller said. You can reach the South Salt Lake Police Department at 801-840-4000.

    Specifically, they are looking for anything that happened between 8 a.m. Tuesday, when the store opened, and 1:45 p.m., when Black's body was discovered.

    Sherry Black remembered as likable, quiet, and involved with family

    Black's brother, Jim Waycasy, said he is unaware of anyone who would want to kill his sister. He described her as likable and a grandmother who was very involved with her family. He said her business mostly involved book sales online. He said he never heard her talk about troublesome business or personal relationships.

    Earl Black reported finding his wife dead Tuesday at 1:43 p.m. in their home at 3466 S. 700 East. "The husband discovered her. It's a residence with a business next door, and he walked into the business and discovered her body," said Keller.

    Snipped from http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=13477147

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    Friends and Colleagues Offer Condolences

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=13486760

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    My prayers go out to Sherry's family. What a tragedy.

    I found this description of her business:

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/50...-earl.html.csp

    "...Earl and Sherry Black ran B&W Billiards and Books from a building next to their home ..."

    "....Sherry Black’s used book shop was a successful business. She sold books, mostly Mormon texts and children’s books, all over the world, he said. She began the business years ago by going to thrift stores and estate sales looking for books. On her Amazon page Tuesday, Sherry Black was selling a hardcover edition of The Grapes of Wrath for a starting price of $2,750.

    "She was smart enough to know what books were worth money and which ones weren’t..."

    and

    "...Salt Lake City book merchant KS said he used to see Sherry Black at antique sales. Sherry Black’s business was largely "by appointment only," KS said....

    more at link

    I am wondering about the billiards portion of the business. Did they sell billiards supplies or memorabilia? If she had expensive books in her shop, is it possible that she had an expensive billiard collectible which was worth far more than she was aware?

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    http://www.saltlakecity.com/b-and-w-...ooks-b12312261

    B & W Collector Books
    3466 S 700
    Salt Lake City, UT 84106
    district: Salt Lake City

    Services:
    Recovering, Installation, Home, First Editions, Commercial, Billiard Tables, Books, Appraisals

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    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slides...ac668bb8e9b1b/

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<photo of victim at link>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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    Autopsy Done

    South Salt Lake police have released new details in the death of Sherry Black, the mother-in-law of Jazz CEO Greg Miller, after preliminary autopsy results have been released.

    "She was physically beaten and stabbed more than once," said Gary Keller with the South Salt Lake Police Department. "Her wounds did cause a considerable amount of blood loss at the crime scene, so we still have no motive and no suspect."

    Black, 64, was found dead in her book shop by her husband Nov. 30. Black was a collector and dealer of rare books, particularly LDS books. Her funeral was held Monday.

    Keller calls her murder, which may have happened anywhere between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., "a very tragic death."

    Police have received a number of tips, and Keller says the department has followed up on them all. Police still want to speak with anyone who may have seen, heard or had any contact with Sherry Black in the weeks leading up to her murder.
    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=13581189

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    It sounds so personal with the attack Sherry suffered. Or it could be robbery gone bad though. It's been awhile since I've been on that stretch of 7th east. Is parking allowed on the street? I know further south it's definitely emergency parking only.

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    Murdered bookseller bought stolen books from known gang member

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    Police release evidence in Sherry Black murder investigation

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    Detectives have have not yet identified a suspect or determined a motive, but on Thursday, they released information on a piece of evidence that was recovered at the crime scene.

    Police say a unique A/X (Armani Exchange) Mens Belt was recovered near Black's body and that the belt fit a person with an approximate 36 - 38 inch waist. (see slideshow in the "Images" tab above).


    more here

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    So the perp must have taken his belt off? Makes me think SO. No mention of that by LE though.

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    Bless LE that is working through the holidays to solve their cases.

    Belt generates tips in South Salt Lake murder case

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=13840537

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    A $50,000 reward and new information about the slaying of the mother-in-law of Larry H. Miller Group CEO Greg Miller were announced Monday.

    Police revealed that DNA evidence was collected from the Nov. 30 crime scene where Sherry Black was found dead, in the form of blood. South Salt Lake Police Lt. Dwayne Ruth said the blood was likely from the hand of the killer who is believed to be a male.

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    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=14914974

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    Family of slain Sherry Black seeks public's help
    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=1826...s-publics-help

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    On Monday, the family held a press conference, with police officers saying they have not been able to determine a motive for the murder. Officers said no books were believed to be stolen and the cash register was full.
    Officers recovered DNA from the killer several months ago, but the sample has not been matched to anyone. The only information obtained from the DNA is that it belongs to a man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziQ View Post
    Family of slain Sherry Black seeks public's help
    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=1826...s-publics-help

    (snip)
    On Monday, the family held a press conference, with police officers saying they have not been able to determine a motive for the murder. Officers said no books were believed to be stolen and the cash register was full.
    Officers recovered DNA from the killer several months ago, but the sample has not been matched to anyone. The only information obtained from the DNA is that it belongs to a man.
    They should have been able to determine if the suspect was black or caucasian. And if a big study of the DNA was done they should be able to tell the color of his eyes.

    I wonder who in the family they have tested DNA from? No books stolen, money left in register. That let's out one of the biggest motives right there. It does seem personal. First a beating, sounds like rage. Then stabbing, which is very personal. I would have expected this one to be solved by now.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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