Birmingham Police asking for community help in solving 5 cold cases

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Police and Crimestoppers need your help to solve five cold case murders.

The first murder goes back to July 8, 1989, when Cary Allbritton was killed by an unknown black male that followed him and three of his friends into the breezeway near his home. The perpetrator attempted to grab the purse of a female who was with the victim.

Allbritton was shot after attempting to confront the suspect. He later died at the hospital.

The second case is a shooting that happened back in Feburary, when police were called to a home on New Hill Avenue on the 23rd. Police saw smoke coming from the windows and forced their way inside.

That’s when they found the body of Dewayne Powell lying next to the couch, and noticed that he had been shot in the head.

The third case happened on May 5, when officers discovered the body of Hanif Russ in a backyard on 34th Street in Ensley. Police don’t believe Russ lived at the home.

A witness to the murder told police that they heard gunshots, and saw a man’s body lying in the yard. The witness then said that they saw a heavy set man wearing a white shirt and dark pants running down the alley.

In addition to those cases, police are also investigating two homicides that happened within two days of each other.

Quentin McDaniel was shot while he was driving along 45th Street North on June 7.

When officers responded, they found McDaniel’s white Audi had crashed into a tree. McDaniel died after being taken to UAB Hospital.

Witnesses say someone ran off after shooting at McDaniel as he was driving down the street.

Two days later, on June 9, Birmingham police say the body of Alijah Rogers was found by the railroad tracks near 36th Street North.  Rogers had been shot in the head and shoulder, and witnesses told police they heard gunshots between 6 and 8:30 that morning.

If you have any information that could help them solve these homicide cases, call Crimestoppers at 254-7777.You can remain anonymous in your call.

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