Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Widow of Murdered Dallas Courier Asks for Help in Finding Killers

The widow of a Dallas money courier killed over the weekend made a tearful plea Monday for help in finding her husband's killers.

Phillip Leon Washington, 50, was shot and robbed by three men about 6:45 a.m. Sunday as he prepared to make a deposit outside the State Bank & Trust in the 4200 block of North Central Expressway, police said.

"I'd like to make a special appeal to anyone out there that would have any information that would be helpful to the police in tracking down these guys that did this to my husband," Barbara Washington said at Dallas police headquarters.

Also Monday, Schepps Dairy announced it's offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible.

Detectives have spoken to witnesses, and a portion of the crime was caught on surveillance video.

Police say the men stole the victim's white 2007 Dodge Ram four-door pickup, Texas license 49YYH5, and an undetermined amount of cash. Mr. Washington, a former Dallas County deputy constable, was armed, but police believe no words were exchanged before he was shot as the robbers approached him from behind.

"He was a loving man and father that didn't get a chance to come home," Ms. Washington said. "I was waiting for him to come home, and he never made it. And when I got the call that morning, I was devastated and I don't know what to do."

Anyone with information on the case can call the Dallas police homicide unit at 214-671-3661.

By SCOTT GOLDSTEIN / The Dallas Morning News

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