A suspect has been charged in the 2016 slaying of a 54-year-old Birmingham man found dead in his running pickup truck.
Brahnsen Tray Burton, 20, was booked into the Jefferson County Jail Wednesday on a capital murder charge, according to jail records. The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office identified Burton’s alleged victim as Sylvester Poole, a church deacon.
The deadly shooting happened about 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the 1500 block of Avenue F. Poole was pronounced dead on the scene in his truck. The vehicle was still running when officers arrived on the scene.
Police at the time said they believed Poole knew his attacker, but homicide investigators on Thursday said they not longer believe the two were acquainted.
Several neighbors gathered at the scene that day said a man got out of the truck after the shooting and walked down the street. Police couldn’t confirm that information but did say evidence in the vehicle – such as shattered glass and the direction of the gunfire – could mean the shots were fired from within the truck.
Investigators said it appears the suspect got into Poole’s truck with the intention of robbing him, and that shots were likely fired from within.
“It’s kind of troubling this individual of a mature age suffered the way he suffered,” Edwards said. “Three o’clock in the afternoon is kind of puzzling.”
Burton is being held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail.
Poole was one of three people killed that day in unrelated Birmingham shootings.
SOURCE: Carol Robinson