Charged With Murder
Authorities in Calhoun County believe they've solved a cold case from more than a decade ago. Randall Kirkpatrick, a former Piedmont resident, was arrested Friday by deputies with the Dyer County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee. Officials say Kirkpatrick moved to Tennessee immediately following his wife's death. Deborah Kirkpatrick was found dead on June 3, 2003 inside the couple's Piedmont home. And, according to Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson, the cause of death was at first ruled undetermined as some thought that she committed suicide. However, after further investigation, he says the evidence determined that it was a homicide. Initially, the Piedmont Police and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences investigated the death. The new evidence was uncovered by the Calhoun County Cold Case Unit, the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University, and the Calhoun County District Attorney's Office. Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh says there were many challenges to bringing such an old case to trial.