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Update 10:28 am:

The family of a Sevier County woman murdered in 2009 told WBIR on Wednesday that they've cancelled a rally scheduled for that day outside the Sevier County Courthouse.

The family hasn't decided whether to reschedule the rally.

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Family, friends and supporters will rally in honor of a Sevier County woman who was murdered more than five years ago.

Shannon Hercutt was killed in August 2009 in what was first thought to be a vehicle crash, but an autopsy later revealed she was killed at home, put in her SUV, then sent down a steep drop in the Fox Run Resort area in Sevierville. No arrests have been made in Hercutt's death, but the Sevier County Sheriff's Department said the case is still under investigation.

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Wednesday's rally will be outside the Sevier County Courthouse, where her supporters will hand out reward flyers, which read "Justice for Shannon."

The family of Shannon Hercutt taped an appearance on the Dr. Phil show on Jan. 26; the episode aired in February on WBIR, Channel 10.

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On the Dr. Phil show, Hercutt's sister, Penny Lane Stephens, accused her father, Ted Hercutt, of hiring someone to murder her sister. Stephens said she had not seen her father in two years.

Investigators have not revealed any information that links Hercutt's father to the murder. Dr. Phil also repeatedly said he had not heard of any evidence to back the accusations.

Stephens said her sister and father were fighting at the time of her death, and she claimed he killed Hercutt to get her business.

Hercutt admitted to being a suspect in Hercutt's death, but said he'd been questioned and cleared by investigators.

10News reached out to the Sevier County Sheriff's Office and Pigeon Forge Police Department. Both declined to comment.

There is a $45,000 reward for anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons involved in Hercutt's murder.

Anyone with information should contact the sheriff's office at 865-453-4668.


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