Police have now made arrests in the city's 25th and 26th murders of the year.
Thursday night 24-year-old Bobby Jackson was shot to death in the 1900 block of Marie James Court. The initial investigation indicates that the shooting stemmed for an argument during a dice game. Police have now arrest 16-year-old Corey Hughes of Montgomery in connection with the murder. He was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $75,000 dollar bond.
In an unrelated incident, just after midnight Friday, emergency personnel responded to the 2600 block of Gladlane Drive in reference to a subject shot. A 17-year-old man was found with a single gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Investigators have charged 29-year-old Karvis Dennis of Montgomery in the shooting, that apparently resulted from an argument over stolen property.
Alabama has mandated that drivers have auto insurance since the year 2000, but enforcing that law has proven difficult with some drivers using phony cards or other acquiring a real card, but then not paying the premiums. The state is testing anew online verification system that will enable the Department of Revenue and law enforcement to check motorists for auto insurance instantly, either through audits or at traffic stops and accident scenes. The new system is currently being tested in ten counties, but will go statewide on January first.
In light of the recent rash of homicides, the Montgomery Police Department is teaming up with Alabama State University's professor, Dr. Earnest Blackshear to launch the Community Violence Task Force. Dr. Blackshear, a clinical psychologist will head the program that will explore the quantitative data behind many violent crimes. The program that has been in the works for months will officially begin next week.