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Man charged with murder in connection with Birmingham double shooting


Detectives investigating a double shooting in Birmingham last October have charged a man with murder.

Tafarwa Beckford, from Duchess Road in Ladywood, was arrested yesterday (May 19) in connection with a disorder in Soho Hill in the early hours of 30 October 2015 that left one man dead and another fighting for his life.

The 33-year-old has been charged with the murder of Derek Junior Myers, aged 25, from Handsworth and will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (21 May).

Derek suffered a fatal gunshot wound during the disorder and was pronounced dead in hospital on October 30.

Last night 27-year-old Rio Sanchez-Williams was charged with the attempted murder of a 29-year-old man - who remains critically ill in hospital - and he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning where he was remanded in custody.

Detective Superintendent Mark Payne, who is leading the investigation, said: "This is another significant development in the case yet our investigation continues and we continue to work tirelessly to secure justice for the victim and their families.

"Several people remain on police bail and my team continue to sift through information to identify those who were involved in this incident.

"I am still appealing to anyone with information about the shootings, and who has not yet spoken to police, to please get in touch."

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is urged to call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.