During a community briefing on April 29, Taphne Spielman, the mother of 36-year-old murder victim Courtney Hoffman, and the Salina Police Department requested the public’s help in locating 35-year-old suspect Nelson Gerrod Hull III.
A warrant for first degree murder has been issued for him.
Salina police and EMS responded to a call on Feb. 23, alerting them to shots fired in the 700 block of North 4th Street in Salina, Kans.
Upon arrival, Hoffman was discovered dead inside a vehicle outside her home.
Hull was identified shortly as a suspect by detectives and it was said Hoffman and Hull were in a relationship.
Hoffman was taken from three children.
“I guess this individual thought her life didn’t matter anymore. But it did matter. It mattered to her 4-year-old daughter who will never see her mother again. It mattered to her 11-year-old son who is now battling traumatic disorders, and her 16-year-old daughter who Courtney will never see walking up the steps to graduate or walking down the aisle to get married,” said Spielman at the Thursday briefing. “She is missed by her brothers and sisters, by aunts and by uncles, and by many people who loved her and knew that her life mattered.”
Spielman said her daughter had a lot of friends and knew a lot of people and pleads for those who knew her to come forward with information in locating Nelson Gerrod Hull III.
“It’s not that bringing him back will bring Courtney back because I know it won’t,” said Spielman. “But if we could protect any other young woman, sister, daughter, mother from this same thing happening to them, I know justice will be served.”
In the days following Hoffman’s death, police arrested 34-year-old Clarence Daryl Brown on charges of aiding and abetting first-degree murder, criminal solicitation, and interference with law enforcement.
The case, with charges, was submitted to the Salina County Attorney.
Salina Police Department is actively seeking any information regarding the whereabouts of Nelson Gerrod Hull III.
In addition to acquaintances in Salina, Hull does have family and friends in the Wichita area and Kansas City.
People are asked to call 911 or the Salina Crime stoppers at 785-825-TIPS (7210) with any information regarding Hull. Tippers can remain anonymous.
A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for leads on Hull.
Hull should be considered armed and dangerous.