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Crime Stoppers August 10: Tips needed in 2006 double homicide

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Victims George Powell (left) and Ryant Smith (right) Victims George Powell (left) and Ryant Smith (right)

Birmingham detectives are working to heat up a cold case. It's a case featured on Crime Stoppers last year, and detectives want to feature it, again, in hopes of someone coming forward with information leading to the killer.

Two young men were shot and killed in Roosevelt City in the summer of 2006. Chief A.C. Roper details the case:

"We've spoken before about George Powell and Ryant Smith. They were found dead near the corner of Lillian Avenue and Globe Street back on August 7, 2006.

They were the targets of someone with a serious axe to grind. Both young men were left face-down on the ground, and each had been shot several times. Their bodies were surrounded by shell casings.

George Powell was only 23 years old. Ryant Smith was just 19.

With a case like this, we understand that people who know about what happened probably don't want to talk about it. But recently, a suspect in this case was put in jail on charges from an unrelated offense. And that suspect could be behind bars for a long time.

We hope that will help you feel comfortable calling Crime Stoppers and telling us whatever you know about the homicides.

Think about these young victims. And consider this -- the information you have could be the clue we need to build a more solid case against their killer.

And rest assured, nobody will know it was you who called. Crime Stoppers will not take your name, and there's no Caller ID. We'll simply give you a private code number. And if there's an arrest based on your tip, you can use that code number to claim a large cash reward.

Even then, you'll remain anonymous. Just dial (205) 254-7777. And let's make some progress on getting some real justice in this case.

With Crime Stoppers, I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper."

In addition to telephone tips, you can text a tip by texting the code 7777, along with your tip, to the word CRIMES. Or, you can submit an encrypted tip by going to and clicking on the "submit an online tip" link.

No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous.

The cash reward in this case is offered to the first person whose tip leads to an arrest. Even if you receive the cash reward, you still will not have to give your name -- only the code number.

You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime by phone at 205-254-7777 or by texting the word "CRIMES" with your tip to 7777.

To send a tip online, go to and click on the "submit an online tip" link.

NOTE: You will remain anonymous no matter which method you contact Crime Stoppers. Each tipster receives a private code number, which you can use to claim a cash reward should your tip lead to an arrest. Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.

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