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Teen charged with capital murder after lighting elderly veteran on fire

From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports

BIRMINGHAM – A teenager has been charged with capital murder after dousing his elderly neighbor in gasoline and lighting him on fire.

via BPD

via BPD

Thomas Sims, 18, was already awaiting trial in connection with an armed car jacking early this year, according to Sims is now charged with the murder of 85-year-old Gene Emory Dacus.

Authorities report the capital murder charge stems from the theft of Dacus’s truck, and detectives are searching for another suspect as well.

Officers responded to the 2300 block of 33rd Avenue North on Wednesday to investigate a person on fire. Officers found the victim, who is described as an 85-year-old white man, lying on the ground in the backyard of the listed location. He suffered severe burns, and was pronounced dead on the scene by Birmingham Fire and Rescue.

Witnesses reported seeing a fire in the backyard, and also seeing a black male fleeing the scene with a red gas jug. They followed Sims and notified the police of his location, so he was located a short distance away and taken into police custody.



  1. Jacky Reeser says:

    Just how could u do something like

  2. Lite him up. Just plain evil

  3. I hope he’s identified by other inmates and is given a trial before he hits the courtroom

  4. Tim Glass says:

    This pos should be taken out and shot..right now

  5. Put some lead in him save some tax $$ caring for his sorry butt in jail!!!

  6. Evil is right. And there’s a special place in hell for him.

  7. Tjo Johnson says:

    This is such a sad story. My heart breaks for the victim’s family and I pray for them. This picture is like looking at …nothing…because he is less than nothing. No words……

  8. Hard to believe there is this much evil in this world!

  9. He will be the one burn…in Hell!

  10. Carol Seward says:


  11. George Sides says:

    It’s been known to happen…

  12. Should be treated the same

  13. That’s what happens when God is taken out of everything

  14. Being a teen, he will be out of jail in a few years. Sad, but true.

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