Crime Stoppers March 12: Visitor fires a fatal shot

Birmingham homicide detectives are asking people to take a fresh look at a cold case dating back more than eight years.

Someone paid a visit to Kent Andrews and then left him dead on the floor of his apartment.{} Chief A.C. Roper says detectives are turning to the public for a fresh tip on who committed the crime.

From Chief Roper:

"We know a few details about the final moments of Kent Andrews' life.{} But it's up to someone from the public to offer the missing clue that'll bring his killer to justice.

Mister Andrews was 28.{} He lived in an apartment along the 100-block of 68th Street South.{} Late on Saturday night, November 16, 2002, someone paid him a visit, fired a single shot, and left him dead on the floor.

There was no forced entry to the apartment, indicating Mr. Andrews may have known who killed him.{} The victim's uncle was in the back bedroom at the time.{} He said he heard his nephew talking to a man before hearing the shot.

But the uncle never saw the man.{} And the man was gone when the uncle came out of the bedroom.

That's not much information.{} But someone out there remembers the rest.{} And we're confident someone has the clues that will help us find Mr. Andrews' killer.

It could be something Mr. Andrews said before he was killed.{} Maybe the killer himself talked about it.{} Or maybe there's been talk on the streets about this.

No matter what you've heard, I need you to dial (205) 254-7777.{} Crime Stoppers will listen to your tip.{} And we'll keep you anonymous.

You get to lie low.{} And if there's an arrest based on your tip, we'll give you cash.{} It's that simple.{} Call right now.

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

**Crime Stoppers never uses Caller ID.{} The call is never traced.{} And the call is not recorded.

In addition to telephone tips, you can text a tip by texting the code 7777, along with your tip, to the word CRIMES.{} Or, you can submit an encrypted tip by going to and clicking on the "submit an online tip" link.

No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous.{} Crime Stoppers will give you a private code number, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you can use the code number to claim a cash reward.{} Even then, you will not have to give your name -- only the code number.

Crime Stoppers cannot call its tipsters to testify in court, which helps keep you anonymous.

Crime Stoppers 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.