Crime Stoppers May 3: Michael Stoner's cold case unsolved

Michael Stoner

It's been almost a decade since someone killed Michael Stoner. Since then, no one has come forward to confess. Police need the clues to lead them to the suspect. Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper has this week's unsolved homicide report. "I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. We're sure plenty of people know who killed Michael Stoner in Birmingham. Now, we are combating that "don't snitch" mentality and reminding you that if you want a safer neighborhood, you'll tell us what you've heard. Stoner died March 28, 2005, on the 3600 block of 42nd Avenue. He was lying on his back in the front yard. Stoner had been shot several times.{} Several shell casings where scattered throughout the yard and driveway. Witnesses told us they heard several gunshots. When they looked towards Stoner's house, they saw at least one suspect wearing dark clothing and a ski mask running from the scene. Stoner's family said he had been having problems with several people in the neighborhood. But that doesn't mean he deserved to die. Do you know if he had enemies? Who were they? And are there some people bragging about what happened?No matter what you've heard, we ask that you call it in. We'll check it out, and if it leads to an arrest, you get a cash reward. Remember: when you call Crime Stoppers, you never give your name. And Crime Stoppers can never call you to court to testify. Just dial 254-7777, and we'll take it from there.Help us get justice for Stoner. He and his family deserve it. 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.