Abilene police chief calls solving year-old murder of Abilene realtor 'very high priority'


ABILENE, Texas - Abilene police Chief Stan Standridge calls solving the year-old murder of real estate agent Tom Niblo a "very high priority" for him and his team.

On the morning of December 12, 2016, Cheryl Niblo told police she was in the bathroom when she heard gunshots.

She escaped from the couple's home on Woodridge Drive and ran to a friend's house to call 911. When police arrived, they found her husband, Tom, dead in the bedroom.

The 54-year-old real estate agent had been shot eight times. According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, he was struck in his head, face, abdomen, torso, left and right extremities, and left and right legs.

In the year since, no one has been arrested for the murder. But Niblo's brother in-law, Luke Sweetser, remains a "person of interest," according to Standridge.

"The Abilene Police Department created a task force in mid-2017 that did nothing but investigate all aspects of the Niblo murder. They had to comb through thousands of documents and try to connect dots …

"The Department has executed 33 search warrants and seized countless items of evidence …

"This is still an active investigation, and now I have three supervisors who are working on the Niblo case full-time.

"Lt. Gary Bone, CID Commander, and Sergeants Will Ford (Crimes Against Persons) and Lynn Beard (Police Administration) are all working to file this case with the District Attorney's Office, which is a very high priority to me and my team."
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