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Media Release 88

Homicide Investigation

The Birmingham Police Department reports detectives conducted a homicide investigation and an arrest has been made. The incident occurred on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

The victim has been identified as
Jacqkingman Darnell Bennett, (26), B/M, of Birmingham, Alabama.

At approximately 10:53 a.m., Officers from the East Precinct responded to a call of a person down. Upon arrival, further investigation revealed a person unresponsive on the side of the road near a wooded area. The victim suffered from an apparent gunshot wound. Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased.

Information gathered during this investigation lead to an arrest.

The suspect has been identified as
Cordarius Elliot, (28), B/M, of Birmingham, Alabama.

BPD Homicide Investigators presented the information gathered on the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office for review. Following the assessment of the information, a Capitol Murder warrant was obtained. The suspect was arrested and is currently in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail with no bond.

This was Birmingham’s 33rd homicide investigation of 2020 and 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