Crime Stoppers December 8: Recent homicide unsolved

James Otis Holmes

In Crime Stoppers, a{}Birmingham man was found dead in an alley. Detectives are urgently working to find out what happened in his final hours.{} As Chief A.C. Roper tells us, whatever you know could be what they need to find the killer.

"I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. 21-year-old James Otis Holmes was found shot to death Wednesday, November 7th.

His body was discovered in the 4800 block of Terrace R. He had been shot in the head. Street and Sanitation Department workers were running their garbage route when they discovered his body, and several residents said they heard several gunshots a few hours before.

That's all we know. I know that's not a lot, but Crime Stoppers needs to hear from anyone who knows about Holmes' final hours. Had there been any trouble in the days leading up to the shooting? What could be the possible motive behind the shooting?

Whatever you've heard could be the clue we need to put the killer in jail. Dial 205-254-7777. We'll give you a private code number, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you can use that code number to claim a cash reward.

Stand up for James Otis Holmes. Someone has got to speak up on behalf of him. If you've heard what happened, that someone should be you.

With Crime Stoppers, I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper."

TO PROVIDE A TIP ON THE CASE: You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime at (205) 254-7777.

Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word "CRIMES." Or if you prefer to send an encrypted tip online, go to click on the "submit an online tip" link.

No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous. Each tipster receives a private code number. If an arrest is made based on an individual's tip, the tipster can use the code number to claim a cash reward.

Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.