Black Gunman Arrested for Fatal Shooting of White Man and Attempted Murder of his Mother

My Foxal
December 14, 2014

Michael Devin Dempsey was shot and killed in the parking lot of a convenience store.

Bessemer police have arrested the suspect accused of fatally shooting a 19-year-old man at a convenience store parking lot on Saturday.

On Monday, police charged Markey Jerail Evans, 33, with capital murder in the death of Michael Devin Howell, 19.

Police say Howell was shot in the parking lot of the Y Food Mart at the intersection of Fairfax Avenue and Owen Avenue around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Authorities took Evans into custody shortly after the shooting.

Howell was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when he was shot, according to police. Howell’s mother was also in the car but was not injured by a second bullet.

Markey Jerail Evans has previous criminal convictions for burglary, receiving stolen property and breaking and entering a vehicle.

Howell was taken to UAB West and pronounced dead shortly after the shooting.

Evans is also charged with attempted murder of Howell’s mother.

Evans is being held on no bond for the capital murder charge. His attempted murder charge carries a $60,000 bond.

Bessemer police say Evans is being transferred to the Jefferson County Jail.

Dempsey was convicted last year of drug possession.