Crime Stoppers February 19: Family member hoping for justice in cold case

Carter was found inside her house on Watts Street


This week's Crime Stoppers report focuses on a cold case that happened almost 18 years ago. Family members are hoping for justice for Irene Carter, who was killed in her Brighton house{}May 21,{}1995. She was 74 years old.

"I wish someone would speak up because my grandmother was a nice lady, and she loved everybody," said Carter's granddaughter, Gail Carter.

Detectives{}said{}Carter's family had returned to Brighton early Sunday morning. They dropped Carter off at her house on Watts Street but knew something was wrong when she didn't answer the telephone later that day. Someone had robbed and killed Carter.

"They stabbed her in her neck with a triangular piece of glass about 20 times, and she bled to death," said Gail. "Anything that anybody knows that they could tell would help, we would be greatly appreciate."

Authorities refuse to give up on this case, so if you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers immediately.


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.