Crime Briefs

Cold Case Homicide Investigation Update

The Birmingham Police Department reports that cold case homicide detectives have charged a suspect in connection with a 2007 homicide investigation. The incident occurred on November 4, 2007 at approximately 12:46 p.m., at #4 Cotton Avenue Southwest.

The victim has been identified as:
Howard Berstein, W/M, 51, of Birmingham, Alabama.

West Precinct officers arrived at the incident location to investigate a report of an assault. Upon arrival, officers located the victim inside his vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived and pronounced the victim deceased on the scene. Investigators exhausted several leads throughout the years but were unable to obtain the critical piece of information needed to identify a suspect.
On January 17, 2014, cold case detectives obtained warrants on two suspects after obtaining the necessary information that linked the suspects to this case.

The first suspect has been identified as:
Mugshot - Morris, RichardRichard Morris, B/M, 36, of Birmingham, Alabama. A Capital Murder warrant with no bond has been obtained against the suspect.

The second suspect has been identified as:
Mugshot - Marchbank, TieraTiera Marchbank, B/F, 25, of Birmingham, Alabama. A Capital Murder warrant with no bond has been obtained against the suspect.

Both suspects are in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail.

 

 

 

 

Shooting Death Investigation    

The Birmingham Police Department reports that detectives have received a ruling from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office on a shooting death investigation. The incident occurred on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m., in the 3300 block of Wesley Avenue.

The victim has been identified as:
Desmond Bias, B/M, 36, of Birmingham, Alabama.

Homicide investigators presented the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s office advised investigators that no charges will be filed against the shooter due to the fact that the he was defending himself when the shooting occurred. The District Attorney’s office advised that the shooting will be ruled as justifiable.

Shooting Death Investigation

The Birmingham Police Department reports that detectives have received a ruling from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office on a shooting death investigation. The incident occurred on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m., in the 3300 block of Wesley Avenue.

The victim has been identified as:
Desmond Bias, B/M, 36, of Birmingham, Alabama.

Homicide investigators presented the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s office advised investigators that no charges will be filed against the shooter due to the fact that the he was defending himself when the shooting occurred. The District Attorney’s office advised that the shooting will be ruled as justifiable.