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December 31, 2013

Murder trials will be a staple in 2014

Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series of stories about notable criminal court cases cleared or dismissed in 2013 and those coming up in 2014 or beyond.

Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones has three murder cases and four reckless murder cases to try in 2014.  All are cases that occurred after he took office in January 2011. 

Jones said he expects to try Jamie Pigg, Joel Moyers and Kenny Adams for murder next year. He is unsure which of the four pending vehicular homicide cases will be disposed of in 2014.  Here is a synopsis of some of those cases, with the rest to follow Wednesday:

James Pigg — murder

A grandson accused of bludgeoning to death his grandmother in 2012 will be tried sometime in 2014, Jones said.

James Paul “Jamie” Pigg, 35, of 18796 Lydia Corey Road, is charged with murder in the death of 68-year-old Barbara Delaney. The murder occurred March 27 at the home they shared on Lydia Corey.

An autopsy showed Delaney died of blunt-force trauma to the head. Authorities believe Pigg, who was reportedly angry about being evicted, allegedly struck her in the head multiple times with a hammer and then shot her.

A man who was mowing the yard at a neighbor’s home heard Delaney pleading for help in her backyard and came to help. Pigg told the neighbor he had the matter under control, but the neighbor left to summon help.

Authorities believe Pigg shot his grandmother and fled in her vehicle to Decatur, where he was apprehended. While in jail following his initial arrest, Pigg allegedly told a cellmate where he had hidden the hammer. On Oct. 31, authorities searched a shallow body of water off Alabama 67 in Morgan County and recovered a hammer, which they had forensically tested.

Pigg remains in the Limestone County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

The trial was scheduled more than once in 2013, but postponed.

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