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Governor offers reward for information on 2005 murder

An unsolved 2005 murder has gained the attention of Gov. Schwarzenegger, who is offering a reward to anyone who can provide information leading to arrests or convictions in the case. The reward was announced today.

On September 17, 2005, Michael Mitchell, 50, was assaulted when he entered a grocery store in Merced. He later died. The reward was requested by Merced Police Chief Russ Thomas.

Four other requests for rewards involved murder cases from Fresno, the Bay Area and San Diego County.

Under the Governor's Reward program, 227 rewards have been offered since 1967 and 19 have been paid.

Rewards do not expire and are paid if the information leads to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the individual or individuals charged with the crime.

The reward process is initiated when the governor receives a written request from the chief of the law enforcement agency with investigative jurisdiction over the matter.