Carjacking, murder suspect’s charges head to grand jury

Published 11:12 am Thursday, February 18, 2016

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

BIRMINGHAM – Charges against an 18-year-old Birmingham man who has been charged with robbing a man in the parking lot of Alabaster’s Propst Promenade shopping center and shooting and shooting a killing a victim in Birmingham have been bound over to a grand jury, according to court documents.

Jamarlon Edwards

Jamarlon Edwards

In early February, Jefferson County District Court Judge Virginia Vinson bound charges of capital murder, attempted murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree theft of property against 18-year-old Jamarlon Edwards over to a Jefferson County grand jury.

The grand jury will review evidence in the case during an upcoming session and decide if it will uphold the charges against Edwards.

On Nov. 23, 2015, the Alabaster Police Department charged Jamarlon Edwards with counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree theft of property tied to the Nov. 9, 2015, incident. APD also charged the suspect with counts of second-degree robbery and second-degree assault tied to a previous armed robbery of an elderly victim in Alabaster.

During the Alabaster carjacking, victim Tyler Parsons said two black males pulled up in a red 2005 Dodge Charger and began asking him about his car. Parsons said one of the males approached his car and began asking questions.

When he showed one of the men his keys, the suspect pulled a gun and stole Parsons’ vehicle, he said. According to the APD incident report, the suspects stole Parson’s $30,000 vehicle, a $600 Glock pistol in the center console and a $700 iPhone. Parsons’ car was totaled in a police pursuit in Ensley the following day.

The Alabaster carjacking came a few days after the Birmingham Police Department said Edwards played a role in in the Nov. 7 shooting death of a 27-year-old man.

According to Birmingham police, the shooting happened in Pratt City shortly before 4 p.m. on Nov. 7. During the incident, the victim, 27-year-old Justin Poole, was driving his Buick when he stopped in the roadway.

“A white Dodge Charger pulled up next to him and someone exited the Charger and fired several shots into the victim’s vehicle,” read a BPD press release. “According to witnesses, the victim tried to leave the location but ran into an abandoned house two blocks away. The Charger fled the scene in the opposite direction.”

As of Feb. 18, the grand jury had not made a decision on Edwards’ charges. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail without bond.