Columbiana teen charged with brother’s murder

Published 5:12 pm Monday, February 25, 2019

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA – An 18-year-old Columbiana teen has been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with a domestic shooting that left his older brother dead last Saturday, Feb. 23.

Jalen Ray

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jalen Kohn Ray on Feb. 24 after deputies found his 19-year-old brother Calvin J. Ray deceased inside a residence one day prior.

The shooting occurred at approximately 9:07 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, when Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies received a call to the 3700 block of Shelby County 77 on a report of a domestic violence related shooting.

Following the initial shooting, Jalen Ray encountered another family member, and Jalen Ray was shot and injured.

Jalen Ray is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail with a combined bond of $180,000. At this time, there are no other pending charges against the other involved family member.

The official cause of death for Calvin Ray is pending an autopsy by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at 669-4181, the secret witness line at 669-9116, or through the website at by clicking on the “report criminal activity” link and choosing “general information.”

This story will be updated if more information comes available.