Community leaders are asking Governor Robert Bentley and philanthropists to offer a reward for the arrest of a Birmingham man accused of killing his pregnant wife.
Brian Darnell Epps, 29, is still at large, wanted for capital murder. Hoover police accuse him of shooting his wife, 29-year-old Rashon Deidrenette Bester Epps, in the head around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28.
Officers responded to a domestic violence call from a home on Warringwood Drive but when they got there, Rashon Epps was unresponsive in the parking lot. She was later pronounced dead at UAB Hospital.
Witnesses say after the shooting, Epps crashed his car into a nearby tree and fled on foot. He hasn't been seen since.
On Tuesday, the Birmingham Metro Branch NAACP and the Outcast Voters League held a press conference to ask authorities to offer a reward for Brian Epps' arrest.
Frank Matthews, founder of the OVL, says the victim's family reached out to him, asking for help distributing flyers about the case.
Matthews responded by saying they needed to ask Gov. Bentley and others to donate toward a reward for Epps' arrest.
"We want Governor Robert Bentley and philanthropists who are concerned about safety in our communities to step up to the plate and offer substantial rewards in this case, and we want government leaders in Hoover to take a stand on this act of violence," Matthews said in a release.
Matthews is asking anyone who may be sheltering Brian Epps to come forward or for Epps to turn himself in.
Epps is a maintenance man and repairman who is known to have friends and family in the Eastlake community.
Matthews says if Epps is not captured by Sunday, they will ask for men who are currently or formerly in the military to go with them to pass out flyers in Eastlake, all over Birmingham and in Hoover.
During the news conference, Matthews said if anyone of Epps' friends are harboring him, to keep in mind Epps has shot his father, shot and killed his pregnant wife, and to think about what he could do to his friends.
Brian Epps pleaded guilty shooting his own father in the foot in 2005 and five counts of robbery in 2006.
Rashon Epps' father, Harry Parnell, spoke at the Tuesday news conference as well.
"There's so much anger still built up in me, it's hard to find the words to say. I just want justice done as soon as possible. She didn't deserve this and it hurts," Parnell said.
Parnell said his daughter and Brian Epps had been married about 10 months. She was in her first trimester of pregnancy and a mother of two.
Parnell described her as a "go-getter" who cared for her children and others.
"We are crying out, please, we need justice. We beg and we beg and we beg, please have mercy and turn yourself in," Bonita Brown, the victim's aunt, said.
Commissioner Sandra Little Brown also attended the news conference and spoke out about the need to find Brian Epps.
"He must be dealt with. Not only the city of Birmingham, Jefferson County does not need this type of madness running around in our county. Anyone who would shoot their father and kill a pregnant wife deserves to be incarcerated," Brown said.
When Matthews was asked why he is asking for a reward in this case, he said certain cases hurt more than others.
"Killing a mother pregnant with your baby and being her husband, you would never dream this would happen," Matthews said.
Captain Coker says he believes Epps is still in the area. Hoover police and the U.S. Marshals Service are still looking for him.
Anyone with information about Epps' location is asked to call Sgt. Keith Czeskleba at 205-739-6795.
A vigil for Rashon Epps will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the apartments where she lived and was killed in Hoover.
Funeral arrangements for Rashon Epps are still pending.
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