Birmingham man fatally stabbed over cigarette

Published 10:48 am Thursday, November 20, 2008

Birmingham Police say an argument over a cigarette led one man to fatally stab another.

The homicide occurred around 1:30 a.m. Thursday at a residence on 65th Street North.

Officers from the East Precinct found 61-year-old Malcolm Hurd lying on a bedroom floor mortally wounded.

An investigation showed Hurd was stabbed several times when he refused to give the suspect a cigarette. Police said a 24-year-old male was detained for questioning. No charges were immediately filed.

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said “it was another example of a senseless murder.”

The city has recorded 73 homicides this year.