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$100,000 reward offered in slaying of South Bay attorney

December 14, 2011 |  7:54 am

Jeffrey Tidus home in 2009
Two years after attorney Jeffrey Tidus was gunned down outside his Rolling Hills Estates home, a $100,000 reward is now being offered to help detectives solve the mystery. 

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors and Tidus' family offered the reward for information in the 2009 shooting of the 53-year-old partner with Baute & Tidus outside his Sugarhill Drive home. 

Tidus was shot when he went outside to retrieve his laptop computer from the trunk of his car. Tidus and his wife had just returned from their Redondo Beach toy store where they had given a portion of their profits to charity.

Homicide detectives investigating the shooting have examined several of the attorney's cases for potential ties to the shooting.

After a  2005 case, the attorney obtained a restraining order against a litigant who allegedly had threatened him, according to sheriff's deputies. In that case, Tidus' client, Jon M. Gunderson, sued a Los Angeles tax attorney.

The suit claimed the attorneys had mishandled a tax transaction, costing Gunderson millions of dollars. Tidus eventually won an $11.2-million judgment.

During a pretrial deposition in the case in 2005, the attorneys pulled out a camera and took a photograph of Tidus, then made what the attorney interpreted as a threat, according to sworn declarations that Tidus and a court reporter made in support of Tidus' request for a restraining order.

Detectives ask that anyone with information call them at (323) 890-5500.


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Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies stand watch outside the home of attorney Jeffrey Tidus in 2009. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times