Up to $11,000 Reward For Information on Murders


By Ashley Thompson

Three unsolved Montgomery murder cases has city and state officials taking notice and offering reward money for information on them. Up to $11,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest or conviction of the killer in each of these three murders.

19-year-old Arkita Kenshetta Stevenson was shot and killed on April 26, 2011 in the 200 block of Fleming Road. She was pregnant at the time. Her mother, Nicole Peterson, tells us life without her daughter has been difficult, to say the least.

"Miserable. Stress. I mean, I've been very miserable and stressed out and just so sad," says Peterson.

Arkita's mother isn't alone in feeling the heartbreak of losing a child to violence. Sallie Ducks' 50-year-old son Robert Brown was also shot to death in the 4000 block of Amesbury Drive. Brown was a school teacher at Sidney Lanier High School and his mother says he played an active role in the community.

"He had like 600 kids that he saw during the year," she says. "He taught special needs kids, regular kids, he went to different schools, different hospitals, different churches."

26-year-old Dermaine Belser was shot to death November 6, 2011 in the 500 block of Juliette Street. His mother, Joyce says even now it's hard to speak about his murder.

"I'm just lost for words," says Joyce. "Whoever did this, you know. He could not be identified, only with his fingerprints. He was shot that bad."

The Montgomery Police Department says they have exhausted all leads so the Governor's Office is helping out by offering a $5000 reward for each case. And the city of Montgomery is matching that offer making total reward money $10,000. District Attorney Ellen Brooks says she believes that money talks.

"We know it can revive memories, it can encourage the step forward," she explains. "Even if it's a family member or close friend. Now is the time to come forward, no matter how large or small the information you may have."

Crimestoppers, who partners with Alabama News Network says they will offer a separate $1000 for information that leads to an arrest.

"We want these individuals off the streets because more than likely they've already committed one murder, there's no telling what other devious crimes they've committed," says Crimestoppers Community Development Director Tony A. Garrett.

The Montgomery police department says they don't believe these cases are related.

If you have any information, you are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 215-STOP(7867). You CAN remain anonymous.


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