List of Birmingham homicides in 2020

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This is a List of Birmingham homicides in 2020. 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.

92 homicides have been reported in the city as of October 1, putting the city on pace for 122 for the year. Based on the 2019 census estimate of 209,400 population, that represents a homicide rate of 58.7 homicides per 100,000 residents. Birmingham had 110 homicides in 2019. 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, 91 homicides had been reported.

The city has averaged 10.2 homicides per month, or one every 3.0 days. There were 10 incidents in January, 6 in February, 10 in March, 13 in April, 8 in May, 8 in June, 13 in July, 12 in August, 12 in September and none so far in October. The longest stretch without a homicide was the 13-day span between March 13 and 26. 21 deaths were reported on Sundays, 13 on Mondays, 14 on Tuesdays, 9 on Wednesdays, 12 on Thursdays, 13 on Fridays, and 10 on Saturdays.

14 of the reported homicides were ruled justifiable as self-defense by investigators or prosecutors and 1 resulted from reckless driving. One homicide, believed to have been carried out in 2018, was discovered during 2020. Another homicide initially investigated in Birmingham was found to have occurred in Hueytown. The police department therefore acknowledges 75 chargeable homicides for the year, 3 of which were charged as manslaughter. Suspects have been identified in 51 cases, arrested in 45 and charged in 38.

79 deaths so far have resulted from shootings, 5 from stabbing, 1 from a hit-and-run, 1 from reckless driving, one from asphyxiation, one from child abuse and 3 from unannounced causes. 24 incidents occurred at private homes, 13 at apartment complexes, 2 at private clubs, 8 at businesses, 1 at a homeless shelter, and 40 on the streets. 40 were reported in the West Precinct, 31 in the East Precinct, 7 in the South Precinct and 14 in the North Precinct.

At least 13 deaths resulted from planned ambushes, including 1 contracted murder and 3 incidents of people killed by stray bullets. 7 homicides took place during robberies, 11 were described as domestic disputes, one was child abuse, one was caused by reckless driving during a police chase, and 27 occurred following sudden arguments, including another death by stray bullet. The motive is unknown in 35 other deaths.

81 victims were male and 11 were female.

Listing by date

  1. January 5: Stacey Flournoy, 32, died at UAB Hospital after being found with a gunshot wound on the porch of a home at 3838 39th Court North in Inglenook. No arrest. (report)
  2. January 6: Douglas Paige, 34, was shot to death in a car following an altercation on the 4400 block of 9th Avenue North in Kingston. Corderious Scroggins and Clarence Scroggins were arrested in February and charged with capital murder. (report)
  3. January 8: Tristian Jackson, 36, a U.S. Army sergeant, was shot to death in an apparent ambush at the home of a relative on the 300 block of Killough Springs Road in Killough Springs. No arrest. (report)
  4. January 13: David Franklin Lee Jr, 37, was shot to death during an altercation at the Showstoppers Motorcycle Club at 901 Coosa Street. Investigators concluded that the fatal shot was fired in self-defense and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justifiable. (report)
  5. January 15: Kyre Robinson, 26, was shot to death in his apartment on the 4200 block of 5th Avenue South in Forest Park-South Avondale. No arrest. (report)
  6. January 19: Troy Allen Underhill, 48, was found shot to death in a wooded area near the Shell Food Mart at 3901 Pinson Valley Parkway in Echo Highlands. Another person was injured in an altercation and transported to a hospital. The shooting was ruled justifiable and no criminal charges were filed. (report)
  7. January 21: De'Runnya Wilson, 25, was found shot to death at his home on Northland Avenue Southwest in Mason City. No arrest. (report)
  8. January 26: Deshandra Lashode Bell, 25, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered near the 1600 block of Pearson Avenue Southwest in Oakwood Place. No arrest. (report)
  9. January 28: James Rashad Brown, 23, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered during an altercation the previous evening which took place in the parking lot of the Goldwire Place Apartments on the 600 block of Goldwire Place in South Titusville. Marcus Earl Harris was arrested and charged with manslaughter. (report)
  10. January 31: Tyrese LeRichard Morrow, 26, was shot to death on the 900 block of 24th Street South in the Southtown Court public housing project. A second person was taken to UAB Highlands with gunshot wounds. Juanderius Mar'Quez Woods was arrested and charged with attempted murder and capital murder. (report)
  11. February 6: Devonta Reddick, 27, was found shot to death in the front yard of a home at 1148 Dogwood Lane in Killough Springs. His girlfriend, who was pregnant, was injured by gunfire and taken to UAB Hospital where she survived and successfully delivered their child the next day. Melvin Charles Morris, who was apparently attempting to break into their home, was arrested in August and charged with capital murder. (report)
  12. February 6: Aaron Romel Johnson, 18, was found shot to death outside a home on the 2300 block of 27th Street Ensley, near McMahon Park in Ensley Highlands. A juvenile suspect was arrested in April and charged in Johnson's death. (report)
  13. February 6: Bobby George Mayweather, 69, was found dead from a stab wound in his apartment in the Bankhead Towers at 2300 5th Avenue North in the Central City neighborhood. Investigators determined that he was killed in self-defense by a romantic partner and no charges were brought. (report)
  14. February 12: Travars Montez Wages Jr, 21, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered on January 30 just outside the Wages Event Center at 2726 Pearson Avenue Southwest. Lathedrick Miles was arrested more than a week later and charged with murder. (report)
  15. February 16: Jakhi Jabrrea Johnny Young, 16, was shot to death during an apparent robbery attempt outside the The Palace gentlemen's club at 610 3rd Avenue West in Graymont. No arrest. (report)
  16. February 28: Jerrell Moultrie, 28, was found shot to death at 43rd Street North and 12th Court North in Kingston. No arrest. (report)
  17. March 2: Shontez Deon Rhodes, 36, was shot to death outside his disabled car near the intersection of Pike Road and 40th Street Ensley in Belview Heights. No arrest. (report)
  18. March 3: Gussie Lee Tyus,72, was found shot to death in the vicinity of 963 47th Street North in Kingston. No arrest. (report)
  19. March 8: Bryan Edward Hooper, 46, was injured in a fight at 2nd Avenue North and 13th Street in Fountain Heights on February 29. He died from his wounds at UAB Hospital. Rory Antinio Brownlee was arrested and charged with reckless manslaughter and drug possession. (report)
  20. March 8: Daniel Leroy Jackson, 24, was shot to death in a yard on the 1700 block of Maple Avenue Southwest in Powderly. No arrest. (report)
  21. March 10: Marcus Wilson, 22, was found shot to death behind a home at 130 71st Street North near Wahouma Park in Wahouma. Alexander West was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  22. March 10: Jayden McGee, 1, died at Children's Hospital from blunt force trauma to his head, which he suffered on February 28 in the care of his mother's boyfriend at their home at the InTown Suites at 1100 Huffman Road in Killough Springs. Christopher Eugene Knight was arrested and initially charged with aggravated child abuse. That charge was upgraded to capital murder. (report)
  23. March 13: An unnamed male died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered on the 7700 block of 1st Avenue South in East Lake. The suspected shooter was taken into custody, but has not yet been charged. (report)
  24. March 26: Khalia Sturdivant, died from gunshot wound suffered between two buildings on the 7800 block of 1st Avenue North in East Lake. No arrest. (report)
  25. March 29: Lamorn Wilkerson-Hubbard, 25, died at Princeton Baptist Medical Center from a gunshot wound suffered on the 100 block of 2nd Court West in Rising-West Princeton. Aquil Baahir Baha Jr was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  26. March 31: Corey Rahmon Cook Jr, 25, was found shot to death on the 1100 block of 16th Street in Ensley. Investigators determined he was the victim of a nearby drive-by shooting. A small black sedan was seen leaving the area. No arrest. (report)
  27. April 10: Kanisha Nicole Fuller, 43, was found shot to death in an unmarked police car at Germania Park. She was in the car with Mario Theodore White, a Birmingham Police detective. A colleague from the bureau, Alfreda Fluker, was arrested and charged with capital murder and attempted murder. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a review of the case. White was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that review. (report)
  28. April 12: Quintin Dewayne Martin, 51, died at UAB Hospital from injuries sustained the previous Monday when he was struck by a vehicle while he was walking on the access ramp from I-65 to Daniel Payne Drive in Hooper City. Witnesses reported that Martin exited the vehicle before the driver struck him with apparent intent, then fled the scene. Patrice Lawson-Williams was arrested and originally charged with domestic violence. The charge was later upgraded to murder. (report)
  29. April 13: Cordai Deonte Molette, 23, was shot to death while driving. He was found behind the wheel of his Honda Accord which came to rest outside a business on the 4800 block of Messer Airport Highway in Woodlawn. A white Chevrolet Impala with tinted windows was observed leaving the scene. Charza Jamal Knight was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  30. April 13: Tim’Darius Theophilus Gamble, 21, was shot to death in a domestic incident in the back yard of a home at 716 Avenue H in South Pratt. A female relative was taken into custody for questioning. His mother, Micia Sharika Gamble, and her boyfriend, Gregory Peck, were arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  31. April 14: Devin Dewayne Williams, 38, was found shot to death on the 4700 block of 2nd Avenue South in East Avondale following an argument. Eddie Lee Madison was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  32. April 16: Gregory Johnson, 50, died from asphyxiation during a struggle with a private security guard at Marino's Market at 2415 Avenue E in Ensley. Investigators determined that the homicide was justifiable and declined to refer criminal charges. (report)
  33. April 16: Deondray Montrell Reese, 28, was shot to death while driving an SUV headed east on I-20/59 near 17th Street North in Fountain Heights. Police closed the eastbound lanes for about an hour during the investigation. No arrest. (report)
  34. April 17: Emilio Aaron Elliot Jr, 23, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered on the 2400 block of 9th Avenue South in the Southtown Court public housing project during an apparent robbery. Montrel Austin was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  35. April 18: Antione Harris, 36, was shot to death at a home on Briar Grove Drive in Eastwood. A suspect, Derrick Lee Hightower of Columbus, Georgia, sought in a spree of murders and armed robberies, stole a vehicle from the home and exchanged gunfire with Birmingham Police. Hightower was taken into custody a few blocks away in Irondale during a massive mobilization of several law enforcement agencies. Hightower and an accomplice, Kentrice Symonee Hill, were charged with capital murder and theft in Lee County. Hightower was charged with capital murder for Harris' death on April 20 and with four additional counts of attempted murder on April 23. The charges were referred to a grand jury in September. (report)
  36. April 19: Charles Edward Gregory, 30, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered on the 1000 block of Alabama Avenue Southwest in Arlington-West End during an apparent robbery. Charles Edward Hicks III was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  37. April 19: Jacqkingman Bennett, 26, was found dying from a gunshot wound on the 1400 block of 88th Street North in Airport Highlands. Cordarius Elliott was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  38. April 24: Daryl Eugene Cross, 45, was shot to death at the Roebuck Shell gas station at 9245 Parkway East. Reginald Lamar Bonner was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  39. April 29: Quanderius Decarlos Amison, 18, was shot to death at the Devonshire Apartments off Sunhill Road in Sun Valley. Two people were detained for questioning but released. No arrest. (report)
  40. May 12: Frank Davis, 53, was shot to death during an argument with a family member that began when they were together in a car on 34th Terrace North near F. L. Shuttlesworth Drive in Harriman Park. The suspected shooter was taken into custody, but no charges have been filed. (report)
  41. May 12: Jessie James Johnson, 68, was shot to death, apparently while trying to intervene in a dispute between two family members on the 1300 block of Mims Avenue Southwest in West End Manor. His grandson, Antwon Jermayne Jones, fled the scene but was later apprehended and charged with murder. (report)
  42. May 16: Quavion Blair, 20, was stabbed to death during an argument at the Firehouse Shelter at 626 2nd Avenue North in Smithfield. Eugene Antonio Pettaway was arrested at the Birmingham Intermodal Facility and charged with murder. (report)
  43. May 16: Jaylen Derrell Terry, 15, died from injuries suffered in a vehicle collision at the intersection of Arkadelphia Road and 8th Avenue West, where Bush Hills and College Hills meet. He was in a vehicle being driven by his father, Reico Terry, who was fleeing from Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies who had witnessed him participate in a drug transaction in Midfield. Reico Terry was arrested and charged with reckless murder. (report)
  44. May 17: Christy Bridgmon, 38, was found dead in a home at 2209 Center Street North in Acipco-Finley. A coroner's investigation determined that homicide was the cause of death. No arrest. (report)
  45. May 21: Sanquez Anton Giddens, 38, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered at a residence on the 8500 block of 3rd Avenue North in South East Lake. Derick Lamont King was arrested and charged with manslaughter. (report)
  46. May 24: Tyler Rashard Busby, 27, was shot to death in a drive-by assault at the Nu Vision House of Detail on the corner of Bessemer Road and 30th Street Ensley in Fairview. No arrest. (report)
  47. May 25: Patrick Watson Jr, 39, was shot to death in a unit at the Forest Hills Village apartments on Tempest Drive in Powderly during an argument. The suspected shooter, Vonta Antawyn Harris, was also critically wounded and was taken to UAB Hospital. He was charged with murder the following day. (report)
  48. June 5: Robert Lee Prowell Jr, 22, died from gunshot wounds at UAB Hospital after being found on the 800 block of 6th Street Southwest in Arlington-West End. Otto Alexander Smith was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  49. June 5: Larry Pettway, 70, was shot to death near the intersection of 17th Street Southwest and Jefferson Avenue in West End Manor. Investigators believe he was hit by a stray bullet during an exchange of gunfire. Brandon Parker was arrested in Sevier County, Tennessee and charged with murder. (report)
  50. June 6: Brenda Lee Jordan, 62, died from a gunshot wound suffered on the 6700 block of 1st Avenue North in East Lake. It is believed she was struck by a stray bullet from an extended exchange of gunfire between two other vehicles in the area. Lovell Travis was arrested and charged in September. (report)
  51. June 7: Reginald Tyrone Martin Jr, 24, was found shot to death in the doorway of a home on the 800 block of 47th Street North in Kingston. Investigators ruled that the shooting was justified and did not file criminal charges. (report)
  52. June 14: Lamar Harris, 26, was shot to death while riding a bicycle on the 7600 block of 3rd Avenue South in South East Lake. No arrest. (report)
  53. June 16: Akeem Travonte Davis, 34, was shot to death in an alley on the 10 block of Avenue W in North Pratt. No arrest. (report)
  54. June 26: Stephone Jemison, 26, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered during an altercation at a residence at 2915 Avenue V in Ensley Highlands. Investigators determined that the shooting was justified and no criminal charges were filed. (report)
  55. June 26: Jah'Shavia Taylor, 22, was shot to death on the front porch of her apartment at 1223 12th Street North in Fountain Heights. No arrest. (report)
  56. July 1: Rashion Cook, 41, was found dead after an apparent drive-by shooting on the 1600 block of Maple Avenue Southwest in Mason City. No arrest. (report)
  57. July 3: Robert Ezell Smith, 27, was found shot to death near the intersection of 47th Street North and 9th Terrace North, on the border of the Kingston and Woodlawn neighborhoods, following an argument. The suspected shooter turned himself in to police.
  58. July 7: Amin Poonwalla, 62, owner of the Ensley Food Mart at 2500 Avenue E in Ensley, was shot to death while closing up for the night. Three suspects are sought. No arrest. (report)
  59. July 7: Mikos Lebron Lewis, 30, was found shot to death inside a home on the 5400 block of Court Q in Central Park. Keleen Connell was charged with murder. He was arrested in August. (report)
  60. July 15: Bernice Taylor, 64, was killed in her home, an apartment on the 1400 block of 24th Street North in Druid Hills, by a stray bullet fired during a gunfight in the parking lot. No arrests. (report)
  61. July 16: Antonio Jermell Jackson, 23, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered the previous night on the 2300 block of 9th Court South in the Southtown Court public housing project. Ronald Lavance Steen, who was arrested on several drug-related charges in Shelby County, was also charged with capital murder in Jackson's death. (report)
  62. July 23: Tommy Brown, 49, was shot to death during an altercation on the 8200 block of 4th Avenue North near East Lake Park in East Lake. Nicholas Miranda was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  63. July 24: An unnamed male was shot to death during an altercation on the 900 block of 47th Street North in Kingston. Another person was injured by gunshot. No arrest. (report)
  64. July 26: Tyler Artez Lee, 18, died at UAB Hospital from wounds received the previous day in a shooting on the 200 block of 9th Avenue North in the Smithfield Court public housing community.
  65. July 27: Dexter Dewayne Speight, 31, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered at the Springville Landing Apartments on the 700 block of Springville Road in Huffman. Marquele Dion Brownlee was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  66. July 27: Joe Albert Foster IV, 21, was found dead by gunshot in a unit of The Villas at Westridge apartments on the 2300 block of Court R in Ensley Highlands. Myles Cordell Amerson was arrested in August and charged with murder. (report)
  67. July 28: Raven Lynette Swain, 24, was found shot to death in her car which ran off the road on the 1100 block of 26th Street South near Underwood Park in Southside. Solomon Minatee III was arrested in August and charged with capital murder. Demarcus Chandler, an inmate at the Donaldson Correctional Facility was also charged with capital murder, for allegedly contracting Minatee to kill his ex-girlfriend. (report)
  68. July 30: The remains of Daniel Rickett, 17, missing since February 2018, were found in a burned car in a wooded area on the bank of Valley Creek off of 2nd Street Southwest in Arlington-West End. Investigators determined he had been shot to death. No arrest. (report)
  69. August 1: Marquette Milous Carter, 27, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered on the 900 block of 24th Street North in Druid Hills. No arrest. (report)
  70. August 1: Keanna Shabree Kelley, 21, was shot to death outside a home on the 1100 block of Kawanda Lane in Spring Lake following a call about someone trying to break in. Investigators took a resident of the home in for questioning, and determined that the shooting was justifiable. (report)
  71. August 4: An unnamed male was found shot to death in the alley behind the 7100 block of 2nd Avenue South in East Lake. No arrest. (report)
  72. August 4: Cyrus Montez Abrams Jr, 17, was shot to death in a gunfight on the 1000 block of 15th Way Southwest in Arlington-West End. Three others were injured by gunfire. No arrests. (report)
  73. August 8: Naquinton Brown, 40, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered in an altercation at the No. 1 Stunnas Motor Sport Club at 426–428 18th Street in Ensley. Five others were injured, including an off-duty Birmingham Police officer who was a member of the club. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the case. No arrests. (report)
  74. August 10: Condorius Sanchez Williams, 30, was found shot to death in the driver's seat of a car that ran off I-65 near Exit 262A to 16th Street North in Fountain Heights. He is believed to have been targeted for assault. Antonio Quintez Davis was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  75. August 17: Mario Joe Kindred, 32, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered during a domestic argument at 308 Gamma Street in North Titusville. A female suspect turned herself in to police. Investigators determined that the shooting was justifiable and declined to file charges. (report)
  76. August 19: Cadarius Killian, 24, was shot to death on the 7500 block of 66th Court Way South in the Marks Village housing community in Gate City during an altercation. Investigators believe the dispute may have been over a small debt from a dice game. No arrest. (report)
  77. August 22: Demetrius Wright, 31, was found stabbed to death after a reported assault on the 900 block of Arkadelphia Avenue [sic]. A female was questioned, but investigators determined the altercation was a domestic argument and that she was justified in using deadly force. (report)
  78. August 24: Eddie Tillman Jackson Jr, 43, was killed and another man wounded in a shootout at the Tom Brown Village public housing community on the 4100 block of Messer Airport Highway in North Avondale. Gary Antonio Jones, who was wounded, was arrested and charged with murder. Reginald Demetrius Jones was also arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  79. August 30: Christopher Shawn Vance, 29, was shot to death in an argument over a woman in an apartment in the Tuxedo Terrace housing community, on the 1500 block of 20th Place Ensley in the Tuxedo neighborhood. Investigators determined that the fatal shot was fired in self-defense and declined to file charges. (report)
  80. August 30:Christopher Ryan Fletcher, 30, was found dead on the 3900 block of Todd Avenue Southwest in Grasselli Heights. No arrest. (report)
  81. September 5: Sharod Harrison, 34, was shot to death in a gunfight in the parking lot outside the Crown Sports Bar & Lounge at 517 19th Street in Ensley. Several people were taken into custody, but no charges have been announced. (report)
  82. September 7: Marquency JaJuan Primm, 26, was shot to death near building 2500 at The Park at Carlyle Apartments at 200 Robert Jemison Road in Glen Iris. No arrest. (report)
  83. September 10: Reginald Kelly II, 28, died from a gunshot wound suffered on the 1700 block of 51st Street Southwest. No arrest. (report)
  84. September 12: Reginald Horn, 20, was shot to death during a family dispute at 2001 30th Avenue North in North Birmingham. Investigators determined that the shooting was justified and declined to file criminal charges. (report)
  85. September 13: Javanna "Midge" Cotton Owens, 71, was killed by gunshot when she approached a small white car outside her home at 546 Brussels Circle in the Harris Homes public housing community in Oak Ridge Park. Owens was the grandmother of Marquette Carter, who was shot to death on August 1. Kartavius Vines was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  86. September 16: Marvie Raynard Brown Jr, 30, was shot to death while unloading groceries from his car, at his home on the 1700 block of Cedar Avenue Southwest in Powderly. No arrest. (report)
  87. September 20: Melvin Earl Nelson, 59, was shot to death on the 300 block of 72nd Street North in Wahouma. No arrest. (report)
  88. September 20: Fannie Stevenson Carter, 66, was killed by a stray bullet during a shooting that injured two others at the Elyton Village public housing project in Graymont. Investigators learned that the altercation had begun at the 2020 Alabama State Fair at the Birmingham Race Course. No arrest. (report)
  89. September 21: Garland Perry, 86, was found stabbed to death at her home at 1633 Brookfield Lane in Smithfield Estates. Her brother, Joshua Underwood, was found hiding nearby and charged with murder. (report)
  90. September 25: Ladarrius Jamiel Brooks, 27, was found shot to death inside a unit at the Watertown Lodge Apartments on Watertown Circle off Roebuck Parkway. Several fires had been set in the apartment, apparently to cover up the homicide, but did not spread. No arrest. (report)
  91. September 27: Michael Alexander McGee, 42, was shot to death during a dispute over a parking space on the 3700 block of 42nd Street North in Inglenook. Two others were wounded. No arrest. (report)
  92. September 30: Rodger Burr II, 41, was shot to death in a car-to-car shooting on the 700 block of Carline Avenue in Central Pratt. No arrest. (report)


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