Jeffrey Tidus' Rolling Hills Estates Murder Mystery Sees $100,000 Reward

The mysterious case of Jeffrey Tidus, a well-respected attorney gunned down in his Prius outside his Rolling Hills Estates home on Dec. 7, 2009, is surely headed for the fame of a film or even an episode of 48 Hours Mystery.


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You see, more than two years later, authorities still haven't caught the killer, and it seems they don't even have a clue.

This week the L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved ...

... adding $10,000 to the reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the 53-year-old lawyer.

Supervisor Don Knabe proposed the bump in reward money. His spokeswoman, Cheryl Burnett, told the Weekly the total amount now stands at a whopping $100,000 -- a large purse for a county where homicides happen everyday.

Such big reward cash is sometimes a sign that the investigation has stalled. We hope not.

He was shot down in one of SoCal's most exclusive neighborhoods, outside his Sugar Hill Drive home.

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There's a lot of speculation about the Tidus case because, while he was known as a kind soul who did some pretty sublime pro-bono work, he also duked it out with some powerful corporate characters and often represented the now-laothed banking segment, including, according to the Weekly's Jill Stewart:

Hawthorne Savings, California Federal Savings, Aames Financial, First Alliance Mortgage Company, First Los Angeles Bank, Tokai Bank -- and the failed subprime mortgage lender New Century Financial.

According to the Los Angeles Times he twice won $10 million-plus settlements for clients. Enough to kill over?

If you have info on Tidus slaying, call sheriff's homicide detectives at 323-890-5500.

The story's not over yet.

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