Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Hickman County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday they solved the 12-year-old murder of Centerville resident Jeffrey Ola made arrests in the case after a Hickman County grand jury handed down murder indictments.
Ola’s wife at the time of his murder, Lisa Ann Ola, who is now Lisa Ann Showalter, 53, of Lincoln, Neb., was indicted on one count of first-degree murder. Her son, Andrew Scott Waddell, 32, who was Ola’s stepson at the time of the murder, was indicted on one count of first-degree murder.
Showalter was arrested Wednesday at the Nashville airport and booked into the Hickman County Jail on $250,000 bond. Waddell is currently serving a 15-year sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for an armed robbery conviction in 2003 and was served with the murder indictment Wednesday. He is scheduled to complete his sentence in 2017, and Tennessee authorities have placed a hold on him to face the murder charge.
On Jan. 6, 2001 at about 10 p.m., 35-year-old Jeffrey Ola was shot to death in his car in his driveway of his Centerville home. The victim reportedly left his home at 9:30 p.m. and went to a Piggly Wiggly grocery store and then to a Sonic Drive-in restaurant and arrived home shortly before his death. He was on his cellphone talking to his mother when he was shot several times. His mother heard him say he had been shot and was dying.
In May, TBI agents and Hickman County Sheriff’s authorities received new information about the case and revived the joint investigation, which led investigators to conduct interviews and collect evidence in Oregon, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas and Mississippi.
“This case is an example of the persistence and perseverance of TBI agents and the Hickman County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement in Tennessee continues to investigate crimes no matter how long ago they occurred,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “I am confident this case will have a successful prosecution and justice will be served for the victim’s family.”
Hickman County Sheriff Randal Ward said, “This is a case that has been on my mind since I took office in 2002 when I became sheriff. Within the last few months, we received some new information, and with the hard work of my deputies and TBI, we were able to come to this conclusion. My heart goes out to the Ola family, and I hope this arrest brings them some closure.”
The 21st Judicial District Attorney General‘s Office is handling prosecution of the case.