Victim's Mother Speaks Out

Efforts are underway to try to reopen a 1987 murder case in Sumter County.

It was 22 years ago when Annie Hannah's 16-year-old daughter, Patricia, was killed after leaving a Greek show at Sumter County High School in York.
A week after disappearing, she was found dead. The autopsy report showed she suffocated to death.

Shelton Holloway, who was a 20-year-old special education senior at Sumter High at the time, was found guilty two years later and sentenced to life in prison.

Holloway's family members and a filmmaker with ties to the area are now pushing to have the case reopened. They say Holloway could not have committed the crime and someone else is responsible.

Hannah's mother says she supports their effort, but only to a certain point.

"I feel that possibly he knows something, and to me, if you know something you're just as guilty," said Annie Hannah. "So, I cannot say that he's totally innocent. But like I say, there are some things that have happened over the years since this case that bother me."

Hannah asked us not to show her face for now, because of some of the strange things that have happened since the murder. However, she did tell us that she supports reopening the case.

"There are some things that cannot be explained to me that have happened since the case. Some things were supposed to be checked into and I was told one was and it wasn't," Hannah said.

As for claims by filmmaker William Speight, who is originally from York, that her daughter was raped and that some of her organs had been surgically removed, Hannah says she does not know.

"I wasn't told that," said Hannah. "I don't remember being told that and I never said that her organs were removed."

Speight has made a movie about the case. Three weeks ago he says he filed a petition with the Alabama Attorney General's office requesting for the case to be reopened. At this time there is no word on whether or not this will happen.

Holloway is now 43-years-old and serving a life sentence, with the possibility of parole, at the Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala.


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