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Women aged 20 and 21 are charged with murder of 20-year-old man who was killed in drive-by shooting

The Gazette Staff
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James Teer, 20, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham on August 8

James Teer, 20, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham on August 8

James Teer, 20, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham on August 8

Two women have been charged with the murder of a 20-year-old man who was killed in a drive-by shooting just yards from his home.

James Teer, 20, had been playing football with friends when he was shot in the head near the home where he lived with his parents in Goosemoor Lane, Birmingham, on August 8.  

West Midlands Police said detectives arrested Lauren Malin, 20, and Kiri Jolliffe, 21, on Thursday and have now charged both with the killing.  

The women, both from Coventry, are set to appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday. 

Two men have already appeared in court charged with his murder and are due to face trial in the new year.

Ty Blake, 18, of Shustoke Road, Shard End, and Sharn Miles, 19, of Gowan Road, Alum Rock, both Birmingham, are set to formally enter pleas at a hearing next month.

A provisional four-week trial date has already been set for January, 2020.

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Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths, of West Midlands Police, said the latest charges were ‘a significant step’.

He added the investigation was on-going and anyone with information should contact police.

Mr Teer, pictured with girlfriend Georgina Malbon,

Mr Teer, pictured with girlfriend Georgina Malbon,

The 20-year-old, pictured, was killed while playing football in the street with his friends

The 20-year-old, pictured, was killed while playing football in the street with his friends

Mr Teer, pictured left with girlfriend Georgina Malbon, and right, was killed while playing football in the street with his friends

Local MP Jack Dromey revealed that he had been told how six men had been playing football in the street when the attack took place. 

He said: ‘A car pulled up and a man was shot with a shotgun from the car window.’

He tweeted: ‘Another young man shot dead on the streets of Erdington, but 20 years old. Another tragic waste of a young man’s life. 

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‘My condolences to his family and my full support for the police hunting his killer. Anyone knows who it was, please come forward.’

A resident in the road, mother-of-four Leesha Cambell, said: ‘My son came home from riding his bike 10 minutes before we heard the gun go off, he was riding up and down the street.

Mourners pictured visiting the scene. Two men have already appeared in court charged with his murder and are due to face trial in the new year

Mourners pictured visiting the scene. Two men have already appeared in court charged with his murder and are due to face trial in the new year

Mourners pictured visiting the scene. Two men have already appeared in court charged with his murder and are due to face trial in the new year

Floral tributes have been left next to a tree where the shooting took place. Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths said the latest charges were 'a significant step'

Floral tributes have been left next to a tree where the shooting took place. Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths said the latest charges were 'a significant step'

Floral tributes have been left next to a tree where the shooting took place. Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths said the latest charges were ‘a significant step’

‘I saw two cars outside, I just thought the shop was getting robbed again – and that’s when all of the police showed up and the tent went up.

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‘Someone was dead in the road, it could of been my son last night, he’s 10 years old.

‘This area is not good, there are drug dealers everywhere, selling them anywhere and in front of anyone, I’m scared of being here.

‘My son doesn’t know why he can’t go outside and play, but it’s not safe. After it happened he told me he’s so scared and he won’t go out, the area makes him feel like he could be next.

‘We need more cameras and we need more police here all of the time.

‘Because there was more police on the road last night it was the safest night’s sleep I have had since living here – I could leave my window open without worrying.

A blue tent is erected on the spot where Mr Teer was shot dead. The investigation was on-going and anyone with information has been urged to contact police

A blue tent is erected on the spot where Mr Teer was shot dead. The investigation was on-going and anyone with information has been urged to contact police

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A blue tent is erected on the spot where Mr Teer was shot dead. The investigation was on-going and anyone with information has been urged to contact police

Emergency services and forensics officers are on scene the drive-by shooting

Emergency services and forensics officers are on scene the drive-by shooting

Emergency services and forensics officers are on scene the drive-by shooting 

‘I slept really good but why does it take a tragedy like this for us to be able to have protection from these criminals?

‘My young son saw a dead body last night, he watched as they covered the body up – it’s traumatic.’

Community activist Desmond Jaddoo said: ‘My sincere condolences go out to family, friends and that community in Erdington.

‘Clearly it highlights the gun and knife crime epidemic we do have and families are being torn apart and destroyed by what’s happening.

Mr Teer was killed in Goosemore Lane, Erdington, just before 7.30pm

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‘There’s still a lot of work to be done, with all parts of community coming together, with the authorities, to address this. It must cease.

‘Yet again a young man with his life ahead of him is no longer here because of this epidemic.’

‘There is shock, horror and disbelief in the area, and the street is very much a leafy suburb.

‘It highlights the fact, once again, that nowhere is immune to the scourge of violence.’ 

Source : Mail Online

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