Less than two hours into the New Year, a 36-year-old man was shot and killed in west Birmingham.
Police identify the victim as Desmond Bias of Birmingham. He was shot around 1:30 a.m. in the 3200 block of Wesley Avenue. Police found his body lying in the roadway and Birmingham Fire Rescue crews pronounced him dead on the scene.
The suspected shooter was still at the scene when police arrived, so they took him into custody. No charges have been filed in the case so far and the man was released after being questioned.
"My husband was a wonderful guy, loved life, loved people, didn't meet a stranger," Responsa Bias said.
She's shocked that her husband of seven years is gone.
To complicate the case, Bias' wife's account of the night differs from investigators' report. Police say Bias and his wife got into a "domestic altercation" with the suspected shooter and his wife just before the shooting happened. The dispute apparently began in Midfield and continued to Wesley Avenue where Bias was shot and killed.
Responsa Bias says that she stayed home and went to bed while Bias went out late to find his brother. She says she has no details on what lead to the shooting. She says police came to their home, woke her up and took her to headquarters.
Responsa Bias blames the trouble on her nephew who she says spent years arguing with her when she fostered his two children. He wanted them back and she felt she had to give custody of the children to DHR.
Responsa vows to uncover the truth.
"[Desmond] is innocent, if he had not been innocent in this, then I would think he got what he deserved, it wouldn't have felt good, but he was totally innocent," she said.
Birmingham police detectives are still conducting the death investigation and will present their findings to the Jefferson County District Attorney to decide if any charges will be filed, Sgt. Johnny Williams said.
Police confirmed that the shooting was not related to any instance of celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Birmingham Police at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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