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Alabama Governor assisting city of Selma with two unsolved murders

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is assisting the Dallas County District Attorney Office solve a pair of unsolved murders in Selma.

Dallas C0unty District Attorney Michael Jackson announced that Ivey offered two $5,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the two murders.

The cases involve the 2015 murder of Taffine Smith Berry and the 2020 death of Christopher Murphy.

Berry and her husband, Tra Berry, were shot on March 15, 2015. According to the SPD, the victims were at a social gathering at a business at the intersection of Marie Foster Street and L.L. Anderson Avenue and were leaving when the shooting happened. No details surfaced from the shooting.

Tra Berry recovered from his injuries, but Taffine remained on life support until she was officially pronounced dead three days later, on March 18.

Murphy was fatally shot June 2, 2020 on King Street. Police and fire medics were dispatched to the scene on a report of someone shot. When they arrived, Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Law enforcement and the families are very thankful for the Governor to take this action,” Jackson said. “Hopefully, it will help bring forth witnesses or evidence to help solve these crimes.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Selma police at 334-874-2137, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office at 334-874-2540 or Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP