Cold Case Closed: Man sentenced to life in prison 26 years after murder

by Faith Jessie

LAS VEGAS (KSNV NEWS3LV) — A 1991 murder is solved after more than two decades, bringing closure for a Las Vegas family.  Dale Bryant was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Wednesday for stabbing 50-year-old Carol Bishop to death in November of 1991.  Bryant was already serving a life sentence for killing an Arkansas woman three months after killing Bishop.

 This was a cold case that was reopened in 2012 as part of a grant funded an initiative to review cold cases. The investigation showed that Bryant’s prints matched a peppermint schnapps bottle and shot glass found in the kitchen of the murder scene.

Bishop’s son and daughter took the stand on Wednesday to speak to the court about their mother and her life they say was taken away far too soon.

They spoke with News 3 after the sentencing and said although it’s taken many years, they are grateful to those who worked very hard to make it possible.

“My mom was killed way too soon obviously in such a violent manner and she was never able to see her two granddaughters who I know could have brought a lot of joy to her life,” said Carol’s daughter, Jolene Bishop. “There’s no reason to kill somebody, to take somebody’s life unless it’s self-defense, there was no reason for it.”

“The biggest thing we are thankful for is the grant and the detectives, the retired detectives that actually worked on the case and pulled it out so that it wasn’t a cold case anymore,” said Carol’s son, Steve Todd Bishop.

Jolene Bishop, her daughter Marisa, and her brother Steven Todd Bishop at RJC. The Siblings have waited 26 years for this day. @News3LV

Bryant did speak up in court on Wednesday to offer an apology to the family. The judge says the 63-year-old will spend the rest of his life behind bars.


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