Friend of victim killed in 12-year-old homicide case reacts to a - FOX Carolina 21

Friend of victim killed in 12-year-old homicide case reacts to arrest

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Wayne Kinard, friend of Jim Bolt. (FOX Carolina/ July 8, 2015) Wayne Kinard, friend of Jim Bolt. (FOX Carolina/ July 8, 2015)
Reward flier in Jim Bolt homicide case (FOX Carolina/ July 8, 2015) Reward flier in Jim Bolt homicide case (FOX Carolina/ July 8, 2015)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office made an arrest Tuesday in connection to a homicide that took place nearly 12 years ago. 

When Wayne Kinard heard of the arrest, he said he felt like the case is finally coming to a close.

When you walk into the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3354 in Laurens, you will see a clock on the wall and its hands don't move. Kinard put it on the wall when the homicide happened.

"I felt it happened on my watch, I want it to end on my watch," said Kinard, the commander of the VFW and he Vietnam veteran, "anytime you're in a war zone, you see death and violence."

However, he said for him, it's nothing like what happen at the VFW post back on September 26, 2003 when a worker walked into a VFW post.

"She came out and found him," he said with tears in his eyes.

That worker found James Bolt, "Jim" as most people call him, beaten to death behind the bar.

"I'll never forget that day, it was just like I lost a member of my own family," he said.

Investigators found the cash register opened and about $400 gone and a clock unplugged. Kinard said it's about the time investigators believe someone killed Bolt. 

"Its hard to realize people would murder someone for that small amount of money," he said.

For years, Kinard along with members of the Laurens County American Bikers Aimed Toward Education raised money for reward in the case that went cold.

However, now Laurens Police have new leads and deputies with the sheriff's office arrested Brenda Roberts and charged her with accessory after the fact in connection to the case.

"He was a wonderful man and he's thoroughly missed," he said.

And Kinard believes it proves in time, things work out the way they're supposed to.

"It's just the beginning of the end," he said.

If you have any informaiton in this case call Crimestoppers at 68-CRIME.

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