Two Men Charged in Birmingham Weekend Slaying

Police have announced charges against two men for their involvement in the murder of Clarence Harris, 37, who was shot and killed on Sunday morning.  Walter Rhone, 41, has been charged with murder and Tavaris Moore, 33, has been charged with hindering prosecution after Harris was found shot to death in the 5600 Block of Aster Avenue.

Officers responded to the scene on a call of a person being shot and arrived to find Harris on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.  Birmingham Fire and Rescue pronounced Harris dead a short time later. Detectives believe that the shooting stemmed from an altercation between the victims and both suspects.  Lieutenant Sean Edwards said the cause of the altercation has yet to be determined at this time.  The investigation of this case remains open.

Moore is being held at Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $30,000.  He has previously been convicted of drug distribution, escape, breaking and entering a vehicle, and receiving stolen property.

Rhone is also in Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $300,000.  Court records show that he was charged with capital murder in 1998 but eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  He was sentenced to eight years in prison.  Rhone has multiple other arrests including charges of assault, and attempted murder, which were dismissed.  He also had drug and gun convictions in 1992, 1994, and 2008.