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Media Release 208- Arrest Made in the Homicide Investigation of Courtney Mays

Arrest Made in the Homicide Investigation of Courtney Mays

The Birmingham Police Department reports detectives have obtained a warrant for an arrest in connection to the murder of  Courtney Mays. Courtney Mays was shot and killed on Thursday, May 5, 2022, while in the 1600 Block of 25th Avenue North.

The suspect has been identified as:

Roderick Jimelle Needham Jr, (22), B/M, of Birmingham, Alabama.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, Birmingham Police Detectives presented information on the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. After an assessment of the information, detectives obtained a warrant for Murder.

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Roderick Needham Jr. was apprehended in Birmingham by the United States Marshal’s Task Force.

Roderick Needham Jr is currently in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail with a $1,250,000 Bond under the following charges: Murder, Attempted Murder, and Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle.

Homicide Investigation

(Media Release 93)

The Birmingham Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation. The incident occurred on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

The victim has been identified as:
Courtney Mays, (41), B/M, of Birmingham, Alabama.

At approximately 3:20 AM, North Precinct officers were dispatched to the 1600 Block of 26th Avenue North on report of a person shot. Officers arrived on the scene in the 1600 Block of 25th Avenue North where they observed the victim lying unresponsive on the sidewalk suffering an apparent gunshot wound.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim deceased.

The preliminary investigation suggests an altercation took place inside of a private residence prior to shots being fired. It is unknown if the victim was shot inside of the residence or outside of the residence.

Currently, there is no one custody.

If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the case, please contact the
B.P.D. Homicide Unit @ 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers @ 205-254-7777.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Birmingham Police Department’s Mobile App on Android or IOS devices. Updates will be provided as information comes available.

This is Birmingham’s 43rd murder investigation of 2022 including 5 justifiable death investigations.

The Birmingham Police Department adheres to FBI Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines set for all law enforcement agencies across the United States. FBI Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines do not require law enforcement agencies to include justifiable death investigations into the total homicide investigations counts.

**The information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**