Crime Stoppers May 1: Detectives need your help to solve April 16 homicide

Victim: Matthew Joshua Hale

Detectives need your help to solve a homicide that happened April 16th. 28-year-old Matthew Joshua Hale was shot and killed, and drivers on{}Sharon Church Road just north of Pinson found his body near the 4200 block.{}

"This was intentional," said Sgt. Brian Allison. "This was very cold blooded."{}

Authorities said when Hale received a phone call{}shortly before midnight, he left his Magnolia Court apartment complex on Weschester Court.{}

"Saying that he needed to go meet this person," said Sgt. Allison regarding the phone conversation. "He kissed his girlfriend and said I'll be right back."

Hale got into a vehicle with someone detectives believe he knew.{}

"This was the proverbial business being taken care of," said Sgt. Allison. "We don't know what all Mr. Hale was involved with or some of the people he was associated with."

He added:{}"The quicker we can get information, the quicker we can actually make an arrest and get some of this situation taken care of, the better off it's going to be. Not only does the Hale family need a little bit of closure, but there is a murderer out there."

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 and 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.