Teen charged in burning death of elderly man; police searching for second suspect

18-year-old Thomas Sims is charged with capital murder and held without bond. Source: Birmingham PD.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police say an 18-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the burning death of Gene Emory Dacus.

18-year-old Thomas Sims has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bond. Police say they are actively looking for a second suspect.

Early Wednesday morning, Birmingham Police officers responded to a scene on 33rd Ave N to a report of a person on fire. Arriving officers found the victim, later identified as 85-year-old Gene Emory Dacus, lying on the ground in the backyard. His body was severely burned. He was pronounced dead on the scene by Birmingham Fire and Rescue.

Burned body found in alley

Witnesses on the scene reported seeing a fire in the backyard and also reported seeing a black male running down the alley with a red gas jug. The witnesses also followed the suspect and notified the police of his location, and he was taken into custody.

If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the case, please contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit @ 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers @ 254-7777.                      

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