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April 8, 2014

Updated: Suspect charged in murder of Pinson woman at her store in North Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM —

A lead in a robbery case in North Birmingham also helped police identify and arrest a suspect in the slaying of a Pinson woman.

Chaya Anders, 63, was found dead Saturday morning in the beauty supply store she owned in North Birmingham.

Detectives with the Birmingham Police Department believe that Anders was killed by someone who robbed the store, but a description from a witness to another robbery at a store nearby led them to charge a Birmingham woman with the crime.

Lt. Sean Edwards said that Bianca Holman, 25, was identified by a witness as the person who robbed Jack’s Food Store on Friday afternoon, just after lunchtime. Another witness told police that a woman matching Holman’s description was also seen at the scene of the homicide on Saturday.

“This was an extremely heinous crime where there was no regard for the victim or this community,” Police Chief A.C. Roper said in a press statement.  “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.”

Holman is charged with capital murder and robbery. The latter charge carries a $150,000 bond, while Holman is being held without bond on the murder charge. She is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

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