List of Birmingham homicides in 2019
This is a List of Birmingham homicides in 2019. It includes homicide cases occurring within the city limits during the calendar year. Note that a "homicide" refers to the cause of death as determined by a medical examiner, not to the commission of the crime of murder as charged by police and prosecutors.
47 homicides have been reported in the city as of May 21, putting the city on pace for 122 for the year. Based on the 2017 census estimate of 210,710 population, that represents a homicide rate of 57.9 homicides per 100,000 residents. Birmingham had 109 homicides in 2018. The recent record low of 62 homicides was set in 2014, and the recent record high was 141 in 1992. At this point last year, 44 homicides had been reported.
The city has averaged 10.0 homicides per month, or one every 3.0 days. There were 9 incidents in January, 11 in February, 9 in March, 8 in April and 9 so far in May. The longest stretch without a homicide was the 9-day span between April 13 and 22. 9 deaths were reported on Sundays, 5 on Mondays, 5 on Tuesdays, 9 on Wednesdays, 6 on Thursdays, 9 on Fridays, and 4 on Saturdays.
7 of the reported homicides were ruled justifiable as self-defense by investigators or prosecutors. The suspect in another murder was shot to death on the scene. One death resulted from a violent act committed previous year. One other homicide took place at the Jefferson County Jail outside the city's jurisdiction. The police department therefore acknowledges 37 chargeable homicides. Suspects have been identified in 19 of those cases, arrested in 18 and charged in 15.
At least 39 deaths resulted from shootings, one from stabbing, one from an automobile collision while fleeing a shooting, and 2 from bodily assault. The cause of four others were not publicized. 20 incidents occurred on the streets, two at apartment complexes, one in a jail cell, two at a nightclub, 5 at businesses, and 17 at private homes. 21 were reported in the West Precinct, 17 in the East Precinct, 1 in the South Precinct and 8 in the North Precinct. One death occurred during a police pat-down, 2 during attempted robberies, 6 during domestic arguments, one during an attempted break-in, 3 as the result of targeted assaults, 8 occurred during sudden disputes, and two are believed to have been the result of random violence. The motive is unknown in the other 21 deaths.
43 victims were male and 3 were female. One has not been publicly identified.
Listing by date
- January 1: Earl Lee Evans Jr, 57, was found shot to death in the yard of a vacant house at 2721 Avenue C in Ensley. He lived next door with his mother. No arrest. (report)
- January 3: Carltez Clark, 28, was driven to the Birmingham Police Department East Precinct in Roebuck where he was pronounced dead after being shot while riding with his girlfriend on Parkway East. The shooting is believed to have been random, matching another car-to-car shooting which took place 10 minutes earlier on Old Springville Road. No arrest. (report)
- January 5: Charles Reese, 46, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered on the 2500 block of 16th Street in Ensley. Roderick King was arrested two weeks later and charged with murder. (report)
- January 13: WyTasha Carter, 44, a Birmingham Police Sergeant, was shot to death while attempting to pat down a suspect in a rash of car burglaries. He and another officer, Lucas Allums, confronted two suspects outside the 4 Seasons Bar & Grill on the 900 block of 5th Avenue North. Allums was critically injured by gunshot. One suspect, Jeremy Elwin Owens, was hit by return fire and another was taken into custody, but later released without charges. Owens was charged with murder on January 25. (report)
- January 18: Brandon Joel Franklin, 44, was found dead behind a home at 7327 2nd Avenue South in East Lake. No arrest. (report)
- January 23: Sebastian Earl Clark, 57, was found shot to death on the 100 block of Thomas Circle in Thomas. Investigators determined that he had been breaking into the house when he was shot by the owner. No charges were filed. (report)
- January 25: LaQuintin Deon "LL Deon" Wright, 29, was one of two men killed in a shootout at the G M Lounge at 3813 Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard North in East Birmingham. Investigators concluded that he was shot by JaGorren Kelly, who was also killed in the shootout. (report)
- January 25: JaGorren Jimmie Kelly, 33, was pronounced dead at UAB Hospital from wounds suffered in the same incident. Investigators identified the shooter, but determined that the shooting was justified and did not pursue criminal charges.
- January 28: Jeremy Lavender, 24, died from injuries suffered when his car struck a support for the I-59 overpass at Oporto-Madrid Boulevard North. His car had been hit by a gunshot and he apparently lost control while fleeing the scene of a shooting. A number of shell casings were recovered from the vicinity of Oporto-Madrid and 4th Avenue South. His death was investigated as a homicide. (report)
- February 2: Christopher Lawson, 36, was shot to death after a party on the 6100 block of Grove Avenue in Roosevelt. Anthony Marcell Mosley was arrested 10 days later and charged with murder. (report)
- February 5: Ricardo Phillip Watkins, 21, was found shot to death on the 1600 block of 1st Avenue South, adjacent to Railroad Park. No arrest. (report)
- February 13: Princeton Jamarco Swain, 28, was found shot to death on the 1100 block of 14th Street North in Fountain Heights. Another person was injured by gunshot and taken to UAB Hospital. J. C. Hrabowski was arrested and charged with capital murder and attempted murder. (report)
- February 14: Napolean January, 32, died at UAB Hospital from injuries he suffered in a November 9, 2018 shooting on the 7500 block of 67th Courtway South in Gate City's Marks Village housing project. Melvin Akeem Taylor had been charged with attempted murder, which was later upgraded to a murder charge. (report)
- February 20: Ledarius Jaquad Peterson, 23, an inmate at the Jefferson County Jail awaiting trial for capital murder for the 2017 death of Shunoah Turner, died from injuries suffered in an assault in his cell. The other inmate has not yet been charged. (report)
- February 22: Wanya’ Letrec Conner, 19, was shot to death when gunfire broke out during a gathering at 1121 Carnation Drive in Killough Springs. Desmond Ray Jones, who was also wounded in the incident, was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
- February 22: Javian Stone, 20, died at St Vincent's East from gunshot wounds suffered during the same incident.
- February 24: Deanthony Amari Cooper-Cain, 23, was pronounced dead at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered while he was riding in a car on the 400 block of Avenue W in Central Pratt. The driver was also wounded. No arrest. (report)
- February 26: Marco Devonta Robinson, 41, was shot to death during an apparent robbery attempt on the 1200 block of Daniel Drive in Green Acres. Investigators determined that the shooting was justified. (report)
- February 27: Ronald Grant Jr, 39, was fatally wounded by gunshot during a domestic argument on the 4000 block of 43rd Avenue North in Inglenook. The suspected shooter was taken into custody at the scene, but released when it was determined that she had fired in self-defense. (report)
- February 27: James Earl Hunter, 52, was found dead after a fight with a family member at 1505 52nd Street in Central Park. A suspect was taken into custody at the scene, but released after investigators determined that the shooting was justifiable. (report)
- March 3: Jennifer Marie Lane, 31, was pronounced dead at St Vincent’s East from injuries received in a domestic fight at a home on the 800 block of 82nd Street South in South East Lake. Xavier Scott, who brought her to the hospital was arrested at the scene and later charged with murder. (report)
- March 10: Octavia Dortch, 45, was shot to death in her car outside the Arlington Rehabilitation & HealthCare Center at 1020 Tuscaloosa Avenue Southwest in Oakwood Place. Michael Damon Daniels, driving a vehicle that matched descriptions of a suspect vehicle, was taken into custody after a chase and charged with capital murder. (report)
- March 10: Gregory Snodgrass, 28, was shot to death at the BP gas station at 2100 Montevallo Road Southwest in Mason City. Michael Damon Daniels, driving a vehicle that matched descriptions of a suspect vehicle, was taken into custody after a chase and charged with capital murder. He is believed to have initiated the confrontation by blocking Snodgrass' car before shooting him repeatedly. (report)
- March 13: Derrick Dwayne Daniels, 44, was dead on arrival to UAB Hospital after being wounded in a drive-by shooting at 626 Delta Street in South Titusville. No arrest. (report)
- March 14: Paul Gabriel Harris Jr, 33, was shot to death at 23rd Street and 9th Avenue South adjacent to the Southtown Court housing project in Southside. No arrest. (report)
- March 15: Rodregous Gurley, 39, was pronounced dead at UAB Hospital from wounds suffered in a shooting on the 200 block of 51st Street North in Woodlawn. The suspect, Imani Means, had reported the incident as a robbery. She was charged with murder. (report)
- March 21: Marcellous D. Blackmon, 58, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered in a dispute at a home on the 1400 block of Pineville Road in Green Acres, which police believe began as an argument between children at Rozelle Reynolds Park. A female suspect was also shot, and further injured in a car crash while fleeing the scene. She has not yet been charged. (report)
- March 21: Rodrick Dewayne Tolbert, 32, died at Princeton Baptist Medical Center of complications from gunshot wounds suffered during an altercation at a house party on the 2100 block of Dawson Avenue Southwest in Powderly on June 16, 2018. No arrest. (report)
- March 23: Anthony Tolbert, 30, was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound suffered at a car wash near 1st Street North and Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard in Smithfield. No arrest. (report)
- March 24: Christopher Watson, 31, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered at 3rd Avenue West and 1st Street West in Graymont. (report)
- April 1: Durand Lamar Witherspoon, 22, was killed in a shootout, possibly originating as a gambling dispute, at an apartment complex on the 1200 block of 12th Street North in Fountain Heights. Tarek Rashad Owens was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
- April 5: Gregory James Clark, 31, was shot to death during a gathering at a home on the 9600 block of Westfield Road in Penfield Park. Juanicia Williams was arrested at the scene and charged with reckless murder. (report)
- April 10: Michael Toney, 23, died at UAB Hospital from wounds suffered in a drive-by shooting as he stepped out of a house on Woodland Avenue Southwest near Lomb Avenue in Arlington-West End. No arrest. (report)
- April 13: Darwin McAlpin, 68, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered at a home at 8039 3rd Avenue South in South East Lake. No arrest. (report)
- April 22: William "Billy" Morris, 58, was found shot to death inside a home on the 4200 block of Fairmont Way. Investigators believe the shots were fired from outside the house. Treyvion Brown was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
- April 23: An unnamed male died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds after he was found in a crashed car near the intersection of Chestnut Street and Lance Lane in South Roebuck. No arrest. (report)
- April 26: Sterling Bradley, 33, was shot to death in a breezeway at the Birmingham Garden Inn at 7901 Crestwood Boulevard in Eastwood. Nicholas Burrell was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
- April 28: Omari Sharad Pollnitz, 38, who was using a wheelchair due to a previous gunshot injury, was shot to death at the Nu Vision House of Detail on the corner of Bessemer Road and 30th Street Ensley in Fairview. Prosecutors ruled that the shooting was justified. (report)
- May 1: Terry Wayne Bonner Jr, 31, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered near the 1700 block of 52nd Street Ensley in Central Park. Two persons were taken into custody, but investigators determined that the shooting was justified and did not file charges. (report)
- May 5: Hattie Evans, 84, was found dead from a head injury at her home on the 9000 block of Zion City Road in Brownsville Heights. Her daughter, Brenda Evans, was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
- May 5: Waymon Fowler, 54, was found shot to death on the 1100 block of Detroit Street near Wylam Park in Wylam. No arrest. (report)
- May 6: Lovell Amison, 23, was shot to death on the 4500 block of 9th Avenue North in the Morton Simpson Village public housing complex in Kingston. No arrest. (report)
- May 7: Benny Bozeman, 41, was killed during a fight in an apartment at the Center Villa Apartments at 33 Center Street North. Marcus Burt was arrested and charged with manslaughter. (report)
- May 15: Michael Lambert, 25, died at UAB Hospital from stab wounds received during a domestic argument at 7613 2nd Avenue North in Wahouma. A person of interest was interviewed, but no charges have been filed. (report)
- May 16: Eric Alexander Gunn Jr, 23, was found shot to death near the Village Market at 7737 2nd Avenue South in South East Lake. No arrest. (report)
- May 16: Sanquez Derico Recarlos Morgan, 20, died at UAB Hospital after being found wounded by gunshot at the corner of 41st Street and 5th Court North in North Avondale. No arrest. (report)
- May 20: Aaron Alberto Elena, 24, was found dead from a gunshot wound near the intersection of 5th Avenue North and 1st Street in Fountain Heights. No arrest. (report)
A vigil for LL Deon Wright, one of the victims of the shootout at the G M Lounge, was held at Hughes' Black Diamond just up the street on February 1. On February 28 Mayor Randall Woodfin announced a city-wide "#IncreasePeace" campaign to help get residents involved in working together to decrease gun violence. The campaign promotes neighborhood watch and block watch efforts, first-aid training, predictive policing and a police cadet program. Jefferson County Department of Health official Mark Wilson also pledged to support the city's efforts to combat gun violence as a public health crisis.
On April 7 a "One Heart in the Park" event was held at the UAB Campus Green as part of "National Crime Victims' Rights Week." It was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime, the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Junior League of Birmingham, with more than 40 agencies and organizations participating.
- Beahm, Anna (February 1, 2019) "Vigil held for man shot dead at GM Lounge in Birmingham." The Birmingham News
- Beahm, Anna (February 28, 2019) "Birmingham declares gun violence public health crisis; city launches new ways to fight back." The Birmingham News
- Robinson, Carol (April 2, 2019) "One Heart in the Park: Crime victims, survivors to be honored in Birmingham Sunday." The Birmingham News
- Webb-Hehn, Katherine (May 8, 2019) "Here’s how Birmingham is battling its high homicide rate" The Birmingham News
- Webb-Hehn, Katherine (May 9, 2019) "Mayor Randall Woodfin talks about the homicide rate in Birmingham" The Birmingham News