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      Crime Stoppers March 8: Cullman man's cold case needs tips

      William Ross

      A Cullman man was shot to death in front of an abandoned Birmingham house. It's been almost seven years since William Ross' death. The case is cold, and now police are looking for new leads.

      "I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.

      William Ross was killed on a Friday. It was July 20, 2007. We're working hard to offer justice to those he left behind.

      We don't know why Ross was in this area, but he was shot in front of an abandoned house on the 3900 block of 36th Avenue North. He died at UAB Hospital from multiple gunshot wounds.

      Officers found several shell casings and a cell phone at the scene. Those living in the area said they heard several shots. One witness told us she looked out a window and saw Ross sitting in the front yard of the abandoned house. She also saw a group of three to four people walking away from the scene. A car that might have belonged to Ross was towed from the area.

      Surely someone out there knows why Ross was killed.

      Call Crime Stoppers and let us know anything you saw that night. You might not think your information is valuable. But even the smallest clue could help us find the killer. And you will never give us your name. Just dial 205-254-7777, and our detectives will handle the rest.

      Help us get justice for William Ross. It's time to step up.

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

      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.