An Atlanta Man Was Killed in Birmingham. His Boyfriend Was Named a Person of Interest in The Case

July 8, 2024
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An Atlanta Man Was Killed in Birmingham. His Boyfriend Was Named a Person of Interest in The Case
Julian Taylor Morris

🚨 The Details: Deundray Cottrell, 31, from Atlanta, was found dead in Birmingham, Alabama, prompting a homicide investigation. The Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the death as a homicide. The Birmingham Police Department has identified Julian Taylor Morris, Cottrell’s boyfriend, as a person of interest in the case.

The disappearance happened at a family barbecue in Birmingham on the Fourth of July. Family members claim Morris acted unfazed by Cottrell’s disappearance and was eating while the family was searching.

📈 By The Numbers:

  • 72 murder investigations in Birmingham in 2024
  • 8 of these classified as justifiable deaths
  • Crime Stoppers offers up to $5,000 for tips

🔍 The Big Picture: The investigation began on July 4, 2024, when Cottrell was reported missing. He was last seen on foot in the 7900 Block of 4th Avenue South. Officers recovered some of his clothing and surveillance footage showing him walking in the area. His body was discovered on July 6 in the 7800 Block of 5th Avenue South.

👥 What You Can Do: Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the Birmingham Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777. Anonymous tips could lead to cash rewards.

What’s Next?: Authorities are continuing their search for Julian Taylor Morris, who may have crucial information about Cottrell’s last moments. As the investigation progresses, further updates will be provided.


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