Putting the heat on cold cases: Hamilton County DA launches new unit to investigate old slayings

photo Lekisha Jones sits on her front porch and talks about the loss of her father, Lervelo Bridgeman, who was killed in a home invasion on Sept. 21, 2001.

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Lekisha Jones woke up to someone pounding on her door in the middle of the night.

Your dad has been killed, the person at the door shouted. Your dad has been killed.

That was 13 years ago. Someone burst into 44-year-old Lervelo Bridgeman's home and shot him on Sept. 21, 2001. At the time, police thought it could be a robbery gone wrong. But no one has been charged in the case.

"I done gave up," Jones said.