BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Police now have a suspect in custody charged with the murder of 15 year old Jarmaine Walton.
Walton was shot and killed in Railroad Park on Sunday March, 17th. Police estimate the number of people who were there at the time at around eight hundred.
More than a month after his death, police made an arrest in the Railroad Park shooting death of Jarmaine Walton.
According to Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper, investigators picked up the 17 year old suspect at his work place Tuesday afternoon.
“I am pleased to announce that a suspect has been arrested and charged in the homicide investigation connected to the shooting that occurred at railroad park just last month. The suspect has been identified as 17 year old Justin Jones of Birmingham,Alabama,” said Chief A.C. Roper, Birmingham Police Department. “We obtained a murder warrant on him today with a 200 thousand dollar bond. He was arrested at approximately 5:15 pm by a crime reduction team at his place of employment in Homewood. Let me begin by giving my heartfelt appreciation to our detectives who have worked this case so diligently from the onset. They’ve turned over every rock searching for the truth. I never doubted that we would solve the case, but we knew it would take time. And as difficult as it is, it’s simply a case of following the trails.”
The lead detective on the case explained to us that they know which camera caught the shooting.
Investigators think about eight hundred people were at the park the night Walton was shot, police and the victim’s family have been pleading with the public to come forward since last month, and multiple rewards for information have been put out.
Chief Roper told reporters he is wary of putting out too much information about what led to the arrest.
“I would rather not get into whether someone came forward, who that person might be,” said Roper. “So we’ve brought it to a successful conclusion and that’s where we’ll leave it at for now.”
Birmingham Mayor William Bell says the arrest should send a message:
“Like the chief said it may take an hour, it may take day, it may take a week a month or a year, but sooner or later you will be brought to justice. Use your brains young people. This cannot be a way of life. You cannot get away with that type of crime,” said Bell.
“Let’s let that play out in the justice system. We had enough evidence to gain an arrest warrant from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office,” said Roper.
The family of Jarmaine Walton issued a statement thanking Detective Jonathon Ross, the Birmingham Police Department, news outlets, and the community for helping to bring closure. The statement also contained the following:
” Although this is welcome news that Jarmaine’s killer has been brought to justice — it’s still a sad day in Birmingham. Our family will never get Jarmaine back but another family will lose their love one to the criminal justice system. We ask that you keep our family in your prayers and respect our privacy at this time.”