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What To Know About A Young Ohio Mother’s Murder Before ‘Cold Justice’ Returns

Before "Cold Justice" returns with new cases, get up to speed on the Candance Prunty homicide. 

By Joe Dziemianowicz

When “Cold Justice” returns on Saturday, November 6 at 8/7c on Oxygen, veteran prosecutor Kelly Siegler and her fellow investigators are doing what they do best: digging deep into unsolved homicides in the interest of justice. 

How to Watch

Watch Cold Justice on Oxygen Saturdays at 8/7c. Catch up on the Oxygen App.

Working with local law enforcement, the team has helped secure 21 convictions and 51 arrests in unsolved homicides across the U.S.

Upcoming cases bring the team to communities in Colorado, Washington, Mississippi and Ohio, where Siegler works the murder of a 26-year-old mother of three with Tonya Rider, who belongs to a revolving roster of detectives including  Abbey Abbondandolo and Steve Spingola

Before the series returns, we get you up to speed on the Springfield homicide.

Who was the victim?

Candance Prunty, 26, was the mother of three boys aged 1, 4, and 7 when she died. A South High School graduate, Prunty studied business at Clark State Community College. She received a certificate of completion in business office administration in 2015, according to her obituary. 

When did the murder happen?

On the afternoon of October 21, 2015, Prunty was found shot to death in the kitchen of her sister’s home. Family members found her there after she failed to pick up her kids from school. 

How was Prunty killed?

Prunty suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including ones to her neck and head, according to a police report, the Springfield News-Sun reported. Before her death, Prunty’s car and home had been vandalized, WHIO-TV reported. At the time of her death, there was no sign of a break-in or robbery.

Were any suspects identified?

Police believed early in the investigation that Thomas Albert, Prunty’s ex-boyfriend, was involved in the crime, PEOPLE reported. Years passed, with no arrests made in the case. 

What steps did investigators take?

In 2018, the Springfield Police Division attempted to gather more information about Prunty’s death, as well as more information about other local cold cases, through a billboard campaign. A sign on Spring Street featured Prunty’s picture, along with information about her death and a telephone tip line.

Has there been a recent development in the case?

There has been an arrest recently made in the case. To learn more about this case and others, watch “Cold Justice,” returning Saturday, November 6 at 8/7c on Oxygen.

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