Suspect named in stabbing death of 40-year-old woman in Center Point

Published: Apr. 30, 2023 at 9:17 PM CDT|Updated: May. 1, 2023 at 2:34 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has named a suspect in the murder of a 40-year-old woman in Center Point.

Authorities are looking for Cortrell Montesez Burks, a 50-year-old black male, who is 6′2 and 250 lbs. He may have a shaved head and a gray beard.

Burks was last seen driving a 2005 black Nissan Armada with tag number 1A0TBH8.

Burks has no bond on this murder charge.

Original Story: Sheriff’s deputies were doing a welfare check in the 300 Block of 20th Avenue NE around 6:29 p.m. Sunday when they found Erica Shontea Williams, 40, stabbed to death.

Detectives have named Cortrell Montesez Burks as a person of interest.

Burks is believed to have then traveled to the 800 block of 48th Street North in Birmingham and fired multiple shots into a home. It is believed this location is the home of Williams’ mother. Four people were reportedly struck by gunfire. Their injuries are thought to be non-life threatening.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office asks that if you see Burks or his vehicle to call 911. If you have any information to either of the incidents, you can call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777. You may also contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office or the Birmingham Police Department.

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