Montgomery Police: Five Homicides In Five Days


By Lisa Blackwell

Police are calling it five homicides in five days.

Police say it's an epidemic and they will be taking a new approach to stop this type of violent crime.

Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy, says, "This is very disturbing, unacceptable, we're not just going to keep picking up bodies."

Five deaths from shots fired. The first victim, Jason Harris was shot September 30th on Castle Ridge Road. He died from his injuries Monday.

On Tuesday, Dennis Johnson was shot seven times on Doris Circle and died hours later.

On Wednesday John Scroggins was shot three times on Crouson Street. Police are still looking for the gunman.

On Thursday Bobby jackson was shot and killed on Marie James Court. Corey Hughes was arrested and charged with his murder.

Early Friday morning 17 year old Byron Tubner was shot and killed on Gladlane Drive. Karvis Dennis was arrested and charged with his murder.

Ocie Casby was right around the corner when Jackson was killed. He wishes there was another way to turn troubled young men around.

"Get them motivated get them on the right track going through school staying in school the whole nine yards," said Casby.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Earnest Blackshear, says these crimes are occurring because of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and because of men coming back into society after prison. He says eventually they adopt a style of living called "code of the street."

"When individuals feel locked out of mainstream they develop other means of maintaining respect that most of us would not understand," said Blackshear.




Police say they will be kicking off a new program for turning around this pattern of violent crime.

It will require help from the community, schools and health professionals. They say it's a project that could take several years to make a difference.


Montgomery has now had 26 homicides this year.

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