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July 1, 2014

TN man arrested in connection to Alabama cold case shooting

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Eastern Alabama sheriff's officials say they've arrested a man in northwestern Tennessee who's suspected in his wife's 2003 shooting death

Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said Tuesday that authorities arrested 33-year-old Randall Kilpatrick on murder charges in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Investigators say the death of his wife, Deborah Kilpatrick, was initially believed to be a suicide.

Authorities say Randall Kilpatrick told investigators he came home and found his wife's body and the couple's 22-month-old son who was also at home wasn't harmed.

Amerson says he left Piedmont shortly after his wife's death, although it wasn't ruled a homicide or a suicide. Amerson says investigators in the cold case unit continued working the case and determined that evidence conflicted with statements Randall Kilpatrick gave authorities.

It's unclear if Kilpatrick has an attorney.

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