New Information Into Homicide Suspect's Background

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 3/06/2013 7:26 pm

This is not 18-year-old Courtney Birt's first mug shot, actually he has a handful of them.

Our records show when Birt was 17-years-old he was charged with possession of a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment.

Court papers say he fired at least one shot down a public street toward a hospital.

Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge, Gary Starnes, says, "What happens is juveniles are not held accountable for the things they do. They get a slap on the wrist too many times, they're not made to stay in jail."

While Judge Starnes does not deal with juveniles, he is an authority on our justice system, and he sees it becoming a revolving door, to no fault of the juvenile judges.

Judge Starnes adds, "What should happen is it should be a whole lot stricter on these folks. There should be a situation where they have to pay the piper so to speak."

Since juvenile records are sealed, we cannot see a lot of information on Birt, but we do know two months after he was charged those first offenses, he was accused of assaulting a boy in the juvenile detention center, then in August of 2012, aggravated burglary.

That brings us to now with Birt's recent criminal homicide charge.

Judge Starnes says, "There has to be consequences for what they do."

Witnesses tell police that Birt was mad at Lamunta Williams, 16, when he shot in the head Tuesday morning.

They say it was planned, and that Birt wanted to get back at Williams for allegedly hitting his child's mother.

He now sits behind bars without bond.

Williams' family tells us Birt was also involved in two other shootings, one at Club Fathom and the other at College Hill Courts.

However, we could not find court papers to support that.

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