MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — In 2021, the City of Mobile saw the deadliest year in the past two decades. There were 51 total homicides reported in the city. WKRG News 5 is tracking murders and homicides in the City of Mobile and Mobile County in 2022, with updates on the cases and an interactive map to pinpoint where the crimes happened.
Tammy Wedgeworth – Jan. 3
Tammy Wedgeworth, 44, was reported missing by the Fairhope Police Department on Jan. 3. A week later her body was found in a ditch along Eliza Jordan Road in Mobile. Kenneth Colburn and Amanda Miller were arrested.
Jireh Portis – Jan. 13
Jireh Portis, 18, was shot and killed allegedly by her boyfriend, 22-year-old Dayvon Bray. It happened on Jan. 13 on Bellingrath Road. Bray was already a suspect in another murder and was out on bond when he killed Portis.
Tawanne Lucas – Jan. 21
Tawanne Lucas, 26, was shot and killed on Johnston Avenue on Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. When officers arrived they found Lucas laying on the sidewalk with a life-threatening injury. They also found a 24-year-old female and a 26-year-old man who had been shot inside a vehicle.
Helen Nettles Washam – Jan. 19
Helen Nettles Washam, 61, was brutally murdered by her son on Jan. 19 in Eight Mile. Damien Washam, 23, used a sword to kill Helen before leading Mobile County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase down Highway 158. Damien was arrested and charged with many things including murder.
Omar Brown – Jan. 23
Omar Brown, 43, was stabbed to death on Jan. 23 on Senator Street in Mobile. His stepson, Freddie Maxwell, 35, was armed with a knife when Mobile Police officers arrived on the scene. At the time, Maxwell claimed self-defense.
Justin Battiste – Jan. 26
Justin Battiste, 34, was killed during an alleged robbery gone wrong outside of Hart’s Fried Chicken on Jan. 26 in Prichard. On Feb. 3, Leonard Leland and Justin Morrisette were arrested in connection to this case.
Melissa Cody – Feb. 2
On Wednesday, Feb. 2, Mobile Police responded to a shooting near Days Inn in Tillmans Corner. Melissa Cody, 42, was shot in the stomach and later died from her injuries. A man was shot in the leg and was treated for his injuries.
Unnamed 4-year-old – Feb. 3
An unnamed 4-year-old was found dead at a home on Feb. 3. Officers determined that the boy had been beaten and abused by a 9-year-old sister. The girl was accused of beating the 4-year-old with a broomstick. Yolanda Coale, 53, was also arrested on a charge of aggravated child abuse. Coale was the caregiver of the 4-year-old.
Deion Dembert – Feb. 5
Deion Dembert, 21, was found lying in the parking lot of Park West Apartments dead on Feb. 5. A 19-year-old was also found and, according to police, he had multiple gunshot wounds.
Unnamed 14-year-old – Feb. 15
An unnamed 14-year-old was shot and killed on Cheshire Drive South on Feb. 15. Witnesses to the shooting said the 14-year-old was sitting on a front porch on his phone when the gunshots started.
Keith Fredricks – Feb. 15
Keith Fredricks, 19, was shot and killed on Cottage Hill Road Feb. 15. When officers were called to the scene of a shooting, they found Fredricks dead in a vehicle.
Henry Hernandez – March 6
Henry Hernandez, 48, was hit by a vehicle and killed near the third-mile marker on I-10 on March 6. Hernandez was walking on the side of I-10 when Johana Suarez, Hernandez’s girlfriend, hit him with a car. Officers said Suarez was driving at a high rate of speed when she hit Hernandez.
Brandon Davis – March 10
Brandon Davis, 28, was found shot on the 300 block of Weinacker Avenue on Thursday, March 10. Davis was rushed to a local hospital but ultimately died from his injuries.
Unnamed Newborn – March 17
A local mother was charged in the death of her newborn baby after she was found with a heroin needle in her arm soon after giving birth. Amanda Malpas, 34, was arrested and charged with the chemical endangerment of a child resulting in death. The baby was born on March 5 and died later that same day at the hospital.
Jakobi Freeman – March 18
Jakobi Freeman, 16, was a victim of a double homicide that happened near the intersection of Cottage Hill and Azalea Roads on Friday, March 18. According to officials, he died of a gunshot wound.
Cameron Montgomery – March 18
Cameron Montgomery, 19, was the second victim of the double homicide that happened near the intersection of Cottage Hill and Azalea Roads on Friday, March 18. Officials say he also died of a gunshot wound.
Kimmie Weaver – March 18
Kimmie Weaver, 44, led the Mobile Police Department on a chase through downtown Mobile on March 18. He stopped near Mudbugs and started shooting at police. He then got back into his car and led them down Government Street where he crashed. When police approached the car they found Weaver dead from a gunshot wound to the head. It is unclear whether the gunshot was self-inflicted.
Christopher Patterson – March 29
Christopher Patterson, 31, was shot and killed by his uncle on March 29 in Citronelle. He was part of a murder-suicide that occurred.
Pagan Patterson – March 29
Pagan Patterson, 70, shot and killed his nephew, Christopher, before turning the gun on himself. On March 29, Pagan shot his nephew, his caretaker and himself at a home in Citronelle.
Etienne Murray – April 1
Etienne Murray, 25, was hit with a shovel on March 29 and died from his injuries on April 1. Morgan Barnhill, 27, called the police on March 29 and said his shed was being broken into. When police investigated his story they determined his shed had not been broken into and that Barnhill knew Murray. Barnhill allegedly invited Murray over for a barbeque. Police have not said what led to Murray being hit with the shovel.
Christopher Brunson – April 14
A 49-year-old man was found shot outside of his home on Cloverdale Drive on Thursday, April 14. He was taken to the hospital for life-threatening injuries. Friday, April 15, Mobile Police confirmed he died in the hospital. Officers said they will release the victim’s name once the family is contacted.
Justin Trotter – April 17
Justin Trotter, 24, was involved in a double homicide that took place in the early hours of Easter morning. Police said he and another man got into an argument, which led to the two shooting at each other.
Romello Williams – April 17
Romello Williams, 25, was the second victim of the double homicide that took place in Prichard on Easter morning. Prichard Police said he and another man got into an argument, which led to the two shooting at each other.
Robert McMillian – April 17
Robert McMillian, 42, was involved in an argument that turned deadly after two people were shot and taken to University Hospital on Easter morning. McMillian gathered with others outside the hospital when he was shot and killed.
Davie Lee Phillips – April 22
Davie Lee Phillips, 58, was shot and killed Friday, April 22 on St. Charles Avenue. Phillips was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Crossiveiceio Coates – April 23
On Saturday, April 23, Crossiveiceio Coates, 21, was shot and killed at Azalea Pointe Apartments in Mobile. The 21-year-old was involved in a double homicide.
Ahmond Ervin – April 23
Ahmond Ervin, 17, was shot and killed Saturday, April 23, at the Azalea Pointe Apartment complex. The teenager was the second victim in the shooting.
Dejean Washington – April 26
Officials with the Mobile Police Department announced they are investigating a homicide that occurred on Center Street on Tuesday, April 26. When officers arrived on the scene they found the 34-year-old man near the road with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
William Paul – May 6
On Friday, May 6, Mobile police officers were called to a business on Conception street due to a possible shooting. When they arrived, they found one man dead and another man suffering from life-threatening injuries. Police determined that Robert Abercrombie shot and killed William Paul before turning the gun on himself. Both men involved died.
Mfundisi Mingo – May 10
Officials with the Mobile Police Department confirmed the death of Mfundisi Mingo, 46, on May 10, 2022. Zyione K. Fagin, 20, was arrested for the murder of Mingo. Mingo was shot on Steadham Drive and was taken to the hospital before he died.
Hugh White III – May 24
On May 24, Hugh White III, 61, was shot and killed by his son, Cody White, 24, on Demetropolis Road. The shooting was near Olive J Dodge Elementary.
Lequinten Morissette – May 30
Lequinten Morissette, 11, was shot and killed while inside his home on May 30. Cameron Walker, 20, was arrested for the murder. The murder happened at R.V. Taylor Plaza.
Ciara Jackson – May 31
Just one day after Lequinten Morissette was shot and killed in his own home, Ciara Jackson, 14, was murdered. Ciara was riding around with her friends on Michael Donald Avenue when two people started shooting at the car they were in. Lamonyae Forrest, 18, and a 16-year-old were arrested and charged with murder.
Henisha Scott – June 1
Henisha Scott was one of the two victims who were shot to death in a car in Prichard. WKRG News 5 is waiting for more information.
Unknown Male – June 1
An unknown male was in the car with Henisha Scott when a person in a gold car started shooting at the car. He is the second victim of the double homicide. We are working to gather more information about this case.
Anthony Greene – June 4
Anthony Greene, 26, was shot and killed on Arthur Street on June 4. Greene was found lying in the middle of the road with a gunshot wound to his face.
Kendric Pritchett – June 16
On June 16, Kendric Pritchett, 29, was part of a double homicide at Bay Pointe Apartments. Pritchett was shot around 7:45 p.m.
Joshua Stallworth – June 16
Joshua Stallworth, 22, was the second victim involved in the double homicide at Bay Pointe Apartments. Stallworth, like Pritchett, was also shot.
Karlos Pettway – June 19
On June 21, Karlos Pettway, 23, was shot and killed on West Clark Avenue in Prichard. Mobile Police arrived on the scene, where they pronounced Pettway dead. Charvez Green, 18, was arrested for the murder on July 13.
Tavoris Shearls – July 20
On Wednesday, July 20, Tavoris Shearls, 36, was found shot and killed inside of a car at the intersection of Government Street and South Warren Street. On July 24, Nelva McNeil, 36, was arrested in connection with the murder.
Wesley Darrington – July 31
Wesley Darrington, 21, was shot and killed on July 31 on Parkway Drive. Darrington was found shot inside a car. Lanell Gano, 19, was arrested and charged with the murder.
Eldred Bogan – August 15
Mobile Police Officers were called to Blessing Convenience Store on Pecan Street where they found Eldred Bogen, 51, with a gunshot wound. Bogan was taken to the hospital where he later died. Officers announced they were looking for Billy Norwood in connection to the murder. They have not yet located Norwood.
WKRG News 5 will continue to track murders and homicides in Mobile throughout the year. We will update this story as new cases develop.