- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) - A $100,000 reward was offered Wednesday for information in the 2009 execution-style slaying of a prominent Southern California attorney.

Jeffrey Tidus, 53, was slain outside his home in Rolling Hills Estates by someone who walked up behind him and shot him once in the head on Dec. 7, 2009.

He had just returned home from a fundraiser in Redondo Beach and went back outside to retrieve a laptop computer from his car in the driveway. He died the next day at UCLA Harbor Medical Center.

“We’re hoping that the $100,000 reward will assist the Sheriff’s Department in bringing the dirtbag who murdered my brother to justice,” Michael Tidus told a press conference.

Homicide Bureau Lt. Victor Lewandowski said detectives now believe the killing is related to the professional side of Tidus‘ life.

Tidus was a civil litigation attorney.

“It’s our belief that there are people that are out there who know about this murder and who know the identity of the suspect or suspects,” Lewandowski said.

“Seemingly insignificant information could be the tip or the lead that breaks this case open,” he said.

The victim’s widow, Cheryl Tidus, said someone has to know something.

“We deserve answers,” she said. “We all deserve to know what went on, why?”

His family contributed $90,000 to the reward and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors added $10,000.

Tidus‘ clients included such high-profile businesses as Isuzu Motors of America, First Alliance Mortgage Co. and defunct subprime lender New Century Financial.

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