Boyfriend charged with murder of Birmingham woman killed the day after her birthday
The boyfriend of a woman killed in Birmingham the day after her 33rd birthday has been charged with her murder.
Leonard Charles Tolbert, 37, is charged with murder in the shooting death of LaTeshia Danner. The day before Danner’s murder, Tolbert posted this on Facebook: “I want to take the time to pay my respects to a special beautiful intelligent woman that I really love on the moon and wish her a happy birthday. Hope you enjoy every moment of this day and create precious memories that cannot be replaced (sic). “
Danner died at UAB hospital on Saturday February 20 shortly thereafter, she was shot several times. Birmingham Police Sgt. Rod Mauldin said officers responded to the 7500 block of Second Avenue North on Saturday night and located the injured Danner.
Danner had just arrived at her apartment complex where she was reportedly met in the parking lot by Tolbert and a sort of confrontation ensued. Deadly gunshots followed.
Court records show that Tolbert, a convicted felon, is no stranger to the law. He has a long criminal history and earlier this year he was arrested on domestic violence charges against Danner and last year was arrested in a case involving another woman.
Tolbert was charged with third degree domestic violence in January. Prosecution documents indicate that on November 25, 2020, he pushed Danner to the ground and made threats against her, telling her that she could not leave the residence. He was released from Jefferson County Jail the next day after depositing $ 2,000. This case had not yet been tried.
In an unrelated case, Tolbert is accused of kidnapping another woman on May 13, 2020 with the intent to physically harm or sexually rape her. He has been charged with kidnapping and assault – records indicate he hit her with a gun. This case has been referred to a grand jury for arraignment review.
Friends and family said Danner had been dating for several months.
Danner grew up in Fairfield and graduated from high school there. She was employed at Kamtek where she worked on the auto parts assembly line.
“Honestly, she was a good person,” said her friend and colleague Porsche Davis. “When I say she was so full of life and personality, she was just a fun person to be around. She had that distinct voice that no one else had.
She said she was stunned when she learned that her friend had been killed. “I really hate what happened to him. It was a shock to me, ” she said. “She’s always been the type to give people the benefit of the doubt. She saw no harm in person.
“Her smile lit up a room,” Davis said. Friends and family held a vigil in Danner’s honor last week.
Tolbert surrendered on Sunday after being wanted by lawyers for more than a week. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail at 9:19 p.m. on Sunday and is being held without bond.