Grand jury to decide if woman will be charged in boyfriend’s death
By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks said this week that a county grand jury would ultimately decide whether or not charges will be filled against an Atmore woman who told authorities she shot her boyfriend to death during a violent domestic dispute.
Police investigators are continuing to tie up loose ends in their probe of the April 7 shooting of James Dennis Stanley II, age not provided, of Prichard, who was killed inside the unidentified woman’s home. Police are also awaiting the results of toxicology and other forensics tests on physical evidence.
“The investigation is still ongoing.” Brooks said Tuesday, April 13. “Evidence has been submitted to the (state crime) lab. The case will be presented to a grand jury, but it’s unknown when that will be.”
According to APD reports, emergency dispatchers received a call around 2:12 p.m. from a woman who reported that she had shot her boyfriend during a “domestic violence incident.”
City police, county deputies and an ASAP ambulance crew were sent to the scene, where they discovered “the body of a male (later identified as Stanley) lying on the floor due to a single gunshot wound.”
The Prichard man was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel after life-saving measures were exhausted.
Brooks said last week that evidence gathered at the scene “suggests that a violent confrontation occurred shortly before the shooting occurred,” indicating that the woman might have feared for her life or her safety when she fired the fatal shot.