PPD: Murder scene staged to look like a home invasion

EIGHT MILE, Ala. (WALA) -We’ve learned new details about the murder of a young woman in Prichard.

Police released the name of the victim Monday, July 7. She’s 21-year-old Tylandria Rivers. Police say Rivers was murdered in her home by her boyfriend, who they say then tried to make the crime look like a home invasion.

Prichard police were called to a home invasion on Jarrett Road around 3:30 Sunday, but Chief Michael Rowland said that’s not what his officers found.

“When the detectives first got there, the first impression did not fit that circumstance, and it became very clear that that scene had been staged,” Chief Rowland said.

Rowland said Rivers was shot once in the head. Officers found her body in the living room, but they Rivers was actually killed in the master bedroom.

Jarrett Road Shooting Crime scene
Prichard Police investigate a murder at a home on Jarrett Road in Eight Mile on Sunday, July 6.

Police said not only was the crime scene staged to look like a home invasion, they say who ever did it, didn’t do a very good job.

“We had a blood drag mark from the hallway to the area where the victim was lying. We had a broken window by the kitchen sink that appears something was thrown from the inside out, instead of from the outside. I also noticed they had a big pit bull in the backyard which signified that no one would just go in that backyard unannounced,” Detective Martin said.

Police arrested Rivers boyfriend, 22-year-old Richardson Kennedy. Kennedy is the father of Rivers’ 2-month-old daughter. Police say the infant was not at the home when Rivers was killed. The chief said the shooting was the result of an argument.

“Concerning some prescription medication that she had in her possession, or allegedly had in her possession. Tempers flared and a shooting occurred,” Rowland said.

Investigators found what they believe is the murder weapon, a .38 caliber handgun, down the street from home.

“The gentleman that did the shooting drove down the street, threw the gun out into the ditch there and then came back up the street. But we had witnesses who saw that happen,” the chief said.

Kennedy is charged with murder, a felony probation violation and a pistol violation.

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