Prosecutor Says Main Witness Against Man Charged With Murder Of Warren Ransom Is Defendant's Sister

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Prosecutor Cameron Williams said the main witness against the man charged with killing Warren Ransom and dumping his body by Hooker Road is the defendant's sister.

He told General Sessions Court Judge David Bales that the sister has not gotten threats, but is under pressure from family members.

The state was ready to go forward with a preliminary hearing for Marcus Birt on Tuesday morning, but the defense asked that it be delayed. It was reset for April 15.

Attorney Jeffrey Schaarschmidt said Birt's mother is trying to raise the money to retain him.

A memorial service was held Sunday for the 33-year-old victim.

His family members were emotional in the courtroom, with some crying. The victim's brother said of Birt, "He killed my brother."

Police said a witness stated that Birt had blood on him and had a gun close to where the body of a man  was found along Hooker Road on Saturday.

Birt, 32, has been charged with criminal homicide, especially aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm. The victim was shot once in the head.

A witness said on the day the body was found that Birt was seen with a small silver firearm and he had blood on the back of his shirt and on his hands. The witness said Birt was limping.

He said Birt made the statement that he was "grazed."

The witness said Birt was trying to sell a car CD player, but was unable to sell it. The face from the CD player was then discarded. Police retrieved the CD player face.

Police said they believe that Birt took the CD player out of the blood-covered car after killing the victim.

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