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March 30, 2012

DA: Charges against Pigg could be upgraded to capital murder

Jamie Pigg, the Limestone County man accused of hitting his grandmother with a hammer and then shooting her to death on Tuesday, is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 in Limestone County Circuit Court.

Authorities are looking at forensic evidence and considering upgrading Pigg’s murder charge to capital murder, according to Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones.

“We’re still in the investigative stages but capital murder is being looked at,” he said. “It’s always a possibility.”

Capital murder can be charged in cases in which a person was killed while the perpetrator was committing another crime.

Jones said after the April 10 hearing, the case will go before a Limestone County Grand Jury. He was arraigned Thursday morning by video from the jail.

A spokeswoman for attorney Harlan Mitchell said Mitchell received notification Thursday morning that he was appointed to represent Pigg.

Pigg was arrested Tuesday afternoon while his grandmother, Barbara Delaney, clung to life at Huntsville Hospital. Pigg is accused of attacking the 68-year-old woman in the yard of her home at 18796 Lydia Corey Road.

Pigg, 33, was staying at the home but Delaney filed paperwork to have him removed, saying he did not pay rent and his “bad habits” affected her health.

Pigg remains in Limestone County Jail on $100,000 bond, charged with murder.

Delaney will be buried Saturday in Evens Cemetery. Limestone Chapel Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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