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Woman faces upgraded charge in 2015 fatal shooting of boyfriend

When people are charged with criminal charges, there is a chance that those charges might be changed. In some cases, they are changed in favor of the defendant. In other cases, the charges might be upgraded. One Alabama woman is facing upgraded charges in the death of her boyfriend.

The 26-year-old woman was originally charged with criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter in October. Those charges were recently updated to include murder after a decision by the grand jury.

The woman was released on a new bond of $75,000 after being re-arrested on the new charge. She had been released on her initial charges in October after posting a $20,000 bond.

These charges stem from an incident that occurred in 2014 when the woman allegedly shot the man in the upper body with a shotgun. She had fired one warning shot prior to shooting the man.

That incident occurred after she kicked the man out of her home. She called police around 1:30 in the morning to report a burglary in progress. That’s when she let police know that she put him out of the house.

When the man returned with a baseball bat, the woman allegedly shot him. He was pronounced dead at 3:37 that morning at her home. The Blount County prosecuting attorney said she puts all non-attended deaths before the grand jury. When the grand jury reviewed this case, they found that the initial charges were insufficient. Accordingly, they were upgraded and the prosecutor moved forward with the enhanced charges.

Any type of homicide charge is serious. If you are arrested for homicide, explore your options for a defense. The more time you use to prepare, the stronger your defense can be.

Source:, “Blount County woman indicted on murder charge in shotgun slaying of boyfriend,” Carol Robinson, Dec. 14, 2015