Homicide at 12100 Abrams Road

Updated Post: December 03, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

On December 3, 2019, the US Marshall’s North Texas Fugitive Task Force arrested Melvin Crowder, a 25-year-old black male, for the murder of James Burks on November 20, 2019. Crowder was taken to Dallas Police Headquarters and interviewed by a homicide detective. He was subsequently transported to Lew Sterrett Jail and charged with murder, a first-degree felony. His bond will be set by a Dallas County magistrate.

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On November 20, 2019, at around 12:40 p.m., Dallas Police responded to a shooting call at 12100 Abrams Road. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, James Burks, deceased from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers were told that a group of males had been arguing in front of the convenience store and the victim, James Burks, a 33-year-old black male, exchanged gunfire with the suspect. He was described as a black male, approximately 25-years-old, with a short mohawk-style haircut, last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and black track pants. Following the shooting the suspect reportedly entered the passenger side of a silver 4-door sedan that fled the location.
Dallas Police are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident contact Det. Anderson with the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3616, orc.anderson@dallascityhall.com. Please reference case #234176-2019.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called into Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and indictment for this felony offense and other felony offenses. Call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.