Police Investigate 14 Murders So Far In 2012

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) -- In 2012 Huntsville police investigated 14 murders. Six of them have been resolved with eight cases still open, investigators say.

The homicide numbers are "average" for the city that sees far fewer murders than other similar sized cities in the region, according to police.  In 2011, there were a total of 13 murders, 11 of those were closed, two are still open cases.

"We are at crucial points with several (cases) and I expect arrests or warrants issued in the near future," Huntsville Police Department Spokesman Harry Hobbs reported. 

 In 2012 investigators did make quick work of several homicide cases. Police closed the case of the murder of 17-year-old Damon Groce, who was shot in the head and killed during an apparent drive-by on Eastbrook Drive on September 15. Police arrested Rodney Jones Jr. and Jessica Martin for the murder.

Out of the five unsolved murders this year, one is the murder of 20-year-old Isis Pitts. She was a  student at Alabama A&M. She was shot and killed back in July when a fight broke out next to the Benchwarmer and someone shot into a crowd.

Huntsville Police continue to investigate the shooting death of 54-year-old Delois Lightford on Maggie Avenue.

 Jeffrey Lamar Pope was shot and killed  on Ortega Circle in Huntsville, that murder  has been linked to several other murders across state lines in Tennessee.

 Another murder case still open is the death of an elderly man at 3810 Bob Wallace Avenue.

Police continue to ask for clues in the shooting death of 21-year-old Larry Christopher Cole inside a music studio on Poole Drive.

If you have any information about any of these unsolved murder cases call Huntsville Police at 256-722-7100.

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