Sixteen-Year-Old Cold Case Murder of Local Woman Solved

OKALOOSA COUNTY-- Okaloosa County Sheriff's Investigators say they've solved the murder of a Crestview woman that took place 16 years ago.

Jewel Summerlin Melvin, 71, was beaten and strangled to death in her West James Lee Boulevard home on May 15, 1998.

Her killers stole items from the home, as well as her car.

Investigators found the car stuck on a stump in some woods near Holt about seven miles from Melvin's house.

Investigators initially developed a few persons of interest.

But they say they didn't have the evidence they needed to charge anyone until now.

Last Friday an Okaloosa County grand jury indicted 50-year-olds Michael Lynn McCombs and Steven Earl Kimmons on first
degree murder and burglary with assault resulting in a death.

Kimmons is held without bond in the Santa Rosa County Jail on unrelated charges.

McCombs is also held without bond in the Santa Rosa County Jail, but is being transferred to Okaloosa County.