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Woman charged in ‘heinous’ murder of Pinson woman

By Gary Lloyd

BIRMINGHAM — A 25-year-old Birmingham woman has been charged with capital murder and robbery in the Friday killing of a Pinson woman in northern Birmingham.

Bianca Holman is in Jefferson County Jail with no bond on the murder charge and a $150,000 bond on the robbery charge in the shooting death of 63-year-old beauty salon owner Chay ya Anders, of Pinson.

The Birmingham Police Department reported that Anders was found dead inside Ebony Beauty Supply in the 2900 block of 27th Street North on Saturday around 10:30 a.m. Customers notified police after arriving for their scheduled appointments, only to find the doors locked and Anders’ vehicle parked out front. The vehicle appeared to have stayed the night in the same spot. After forced entry, the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service pronounced Anders dead on the scene.

Bianca Holman
photo courtesy of the Birmingham Police Department

Detectives believe Holman robbed the business and shot Anders. Detectives were able to connect the suspect to a robbery that occurred the day before at Jack’s Food Store. Holman was identified by a witness as the person who robbed the store that Friday afternoon. Detectives also learned from a witness that the suspect who matched the description in the earlier robbery was at the scene of the homicide Saturday.

“This was an extremely heinous crime where there was no regard for the victim or this community,” Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said. “I appreciate the detectives and the various enforcement units for their investigative intensity in this case. This was a casebook investigation where we went from absolutely nothing to an identified suspect in a matter of hours.

“Our criminal homicides have decreased significantly so far this year but we realize a single homicide is one too many for the affected family. We can’t prevent every homicide but we have solved every case so far this year. The bottom line is if you commit a homicide in this city, we will never stop looking for you.”

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