Cold Case Sunday: Hyram Kitchen murder unsolved after 28 years

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Twenty-eight years after his death in 1990, the murder former Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine University of Tennessee Hyram Kitchen is still unsolved.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 8, 1990, Kitchen was leaving his home when he was confronted in his driveway by a gunman who shot the dean eight times with a .22-caliber handgun.

Kitchen, who was 57 at the time of his death, was a controversial figure for his unorthodox methods in laboratory research on animals. Rumors have circulated that his murder was linked to militant animal rights groups.

If you are aware of any leads associated with Kitchen's murder, please contact the Knoxville Police Department, 865-215-7000.

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