Jefferson Co. detectives arrest 2 people following deadly Fairfield carjacking

Joydan Ja’Niece Blackwell faces numerous charges in a Fairfield homicide.
Joydan Ja’Niece Blackwell faces numerous charges in a Fairfield homicide.(Jefferson Co. Jail)
Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 3:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2021 at 8:41 AM CDT
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FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WBRC) - Jefferson County authorities have arrested two people for a carjacking and murder in Fairfield.

The victim, 27-year-old Jon Paul Matthew Kimber, was found by a passerby lying in the road near Gary Avenue and 49th Street shortly after 10 p.m. on June 16.

After reviewing evidence, Detectives were able to identify and arrest 18-year-old Joydan Ja’niece Blackwell as one of the suspects in the murder. She is accused of attempting to rob Kimber of his vehicle. When the victim attempted to fight back, he was shot multiple times. The victim and the suspects knew each other.

Blackwell is charged with capital murder, first-degree theft of property, shooting into an occupied building, and first-degree robbery.

Her bonds total $120,000 on all charges except the capital murder charge, which has no bond.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Detectives obtained additional warrants for the arrest of 18-year-old Da’Marcus Gilliam. He is being charged with capital murder during a robbery.

Police say Gilliam was taken into custody around 9 p.m. on June 23.

Gilliam is being held without bond. Additional charges may be added as the investigation continues.

Da’Marcus Gilliam, 18.
Da’Marcus Gilliam, 18.(Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

Detectives are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder. Additional arrests are still expected.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Gilliam, please call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777 or you can send an anonymous tip through our website at

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