Henrico man suspects murder for hire plot in his cold case

Posted at 11:42 PM, Mar 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-28 00:49:49-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Henrico man who was shot while he stood in his kitchen five years ago said he believes the shooter was hired to kill him.

Terry Nero was talking to his mother a little before 11 p.m. on March 11, 2010 when someone in his backyard shot him in the face.

“I believe the person by my house was somebody very skilled with a rifle, was good at an approach toward an almost sniper ability,” Nero said.

Nero’s home is in the upscale Twin Hickory neighborhood near Deep Run High School.

He said the shooter tried to kill him, and barely missed.

“I certainly think they had the same thing we all look forward to when we do something, the reward,” Nero said.

He said if the bullet had been a millimeter higher, he would not have survived.

“I’m a very lucky person,” Nero said.

Henrico County Police still have not made any arrests in the case, and they have not provided any information about a possible motive.

But, Nero said he has figured it out.

“I believe I tripped over something that somebody else was doing that they weren't supposed to do,” Nero said.

But, even with that knowledge, Nero said police need more information, and he is hoping this story will compel someone to come forward with information.

“Individuals like this will do this again,” Nero said.

Nero did not want to talk about what he may have stumbled upon that someone was doing that they shouldn't have been doing, but he said that when it happened, he was not aware of what he had seen.