Murdered Giles County man’s family has ‘renewed hope’ killer will be found

GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Lynnville family has “renewed hope” for closure exactly three years after their loved one was shot and killed outside of their home.

Jim Grimes was killed while feeding the animals on his property along Buford Station Road, leaving the small community in disbelief and a widow fighting for justice.

“I think about him every day…I still talk to him every day,” Dawn Grimes said as she teared up.

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The reality, however, is Dawn hasn’t heard her husband’s voice since April 19, 2021, the day she was robbed of her future with Jim: “Even though he’s not physically here, he is.”

According to Giles County authorities, they have a person of interest in the case, but they have yet to make an arrest.

“I want to remind people, they’re still out there. It could happen tonight to your family, to your loved ones, so we can’t give up. We can’t stop pursuing this. We’ve got to make sure these people are brought to justice so that this can’t happen again,” Dawn explained.

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Sheriff Kyle Helton — along with the Grimes family — vowed to never give up, saying several cold case groups have joined their efforts as they center in on a conviction for the person who killed Jim.

“We’ve got new eyes, new equipment, new evidence. I have renewed hope,” Dawn stated. “I’ve never given up hope, I never will give up hope, but I have a renewed sense of hope that we might be coming to a close fairly fairly soon, but it’s in God’s hands, it’s on His timetable, and I believe that there is a reason why it’s taken us this long to get to where we are, and God knows, and eventually our killers will know, as well.”

Roughly 200 homicide investigators across the country are assisting in the case, according to Helton.

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“There’s no quit in me, and there’s no quit in the group and the people that are working on this case. They’re not going to give up,” Dawn told News 2.

Loved ones are gathering Friday night on the Grimes property in remembrance of Jim.

“He was a God loving, God fearing; loved his family, loved his community. He’d do anything for anybody. He was the most kind and considerate, and as a husband, I knew he loved me,” Dawn explained, adding that she never wants Jim to be forgotten.

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A $1 million reward is still on the table for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in Jim’s case. If you have any information, you’re asked to call the Giles County Sheriff’s Department at 931-638-2358 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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