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Case against suspect in 71-year-old Birmingham woman’s killing sent to grand jury; bond denied

AL.com logo AL.com 10/14/2020 By Carol Robinson, al.com
a man looking at the camera: Kartavius Vines © Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com/al.com/TNS Kartavius Vines

A Jefferson County judge ruled there was enough evidence against the suspect in the fatal shooting of a 71-year-old Birmingham for the case to proceed in the courts.

Kartavius Vines, 37, is charged with capital murder in the Sept. 13 shooting death of 71-year-old Javanna “Midge” Cotton Owens. The shooting happened shortly after 9 p.m. that Sunday on Brussels Circle in Birmingham’s Harris Homes community.

Birmingham police responded at 9:05 p.m. on report of a person shot. Owens was found unresponsive in the roadway and taken to UAB Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m.

Birmingham police Sgt. Rod Mauldin said Owens was walking down the street and approached the vehicle as if she knew the occupants. That’s when a single shot was fired from the vehicle and Owens was struck.

The suspect vehicle then drove away. With the help of the FLOCK LPR cameras – license plate readers – police were able to locate the vehicle and took Vines into custody.

Vines appeared this week before Jefferson County District Judge Katrina Ross. His attorney, Victor Revill, had requested a bond for Vines, saying the suspect says he poses no real and present danger to others, himself or the public at large.

After hearing some of the evidence against Vines, the judge said there was enough to send the case on to a grand jury and also denied the suspect’s request for bond. Revill declined to comment.

Vines remains held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail where he has been held since Sept. 15.

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