A 15-year-old boy in Birmingham, Alabama, has been arrested and charged with three homicides and suspected in fourth, police said Wednesday, AL.com reported. The homicides occurred between Oct. 23 and Nov. 14, and in all three cases detectives were able to locate key witnesses who identified the suspect as the shooter, according to a news release.
"It is a sad day when a 15-year-old commits this level of violence at such a young age,'' Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said in statement, AL.com reported. "He has definitely distinguished himself as a killer."
The suspect, whose name was not released, was charged with the Oct. 23 slayings of Kenneth Davidson, 34, and Shundria Peoples, 26, both of Birmingham. The pair were found shot dead in a car in the city's Woodward Park. The suspect was also allegedly responsible for the Nov. 14 slaying of Tramone Mitchell, 22, of Hoover, Alabama, who was shot in a car during an alleged drug deal outside the apartment complex near the intersection of Cotton Avenue and 13th Street in Birmingham.
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"These cases really exemplify the challenges we face as a community. These homicides clearly showed a total disregard for human life and it's so sad that we're now arresting juveniles for the most heinous crimes,'' Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper told AL.com. "We knew we would solve these cases but it's especially troubling that our suspects are getting younger."
Because the case involves a juvenile, all the facts and circumstances surrounding the case are confidential by law. The suspect is currently in custody of family court.