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December 22, 2011
A MAN found dead in a New South Wales country town with a bullet in his head was probably killed because of his association with the Rebels bikie gang, police investigating the unsolved murder say.
Charles Avouris was shot dead at his home in Mumbil in the state's central west in early July, 1996.
To date, no one has been arrested, but police say they have now identified a number of potential suspects.
"Detectives have been aware of Mr Avouris' links to the Rebels for some time, but new information has come to hand indicating this could be the primary reason he was targeted," Detective Sergeant Mark Meredith said.
"I would encourage anyone who can assist us with this line of inquiry to contact us, and you can be assured that information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Det Sgt Meredith said police were also re-examining forensic evidence which they hoped would lead to his murderer.
"There is DNA evidence that was found at the crime scene that does not belong to Charles Avouris and it is currently undergoing forensic testing," he said.
"We have a number of potential persons of interest and with the technological advancements in DNA analysis, we are hopeful it could point us in the right direction."
A coronial inquest last year concluded the 30-year-old separated father of one died from a gunshot wound to the head by at least one unknown person.