Calhoun Co. man arrested in 11-year-old homicide case

CALHOUN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Calhoun County District Attorney’s Office indicted Randall Kirkpatrick Tuesday for the 2003 murder of his wife Deborah.

22-year-old Deborah Kirkpatrick was found dead inside her mobile home June 3, 2003. Her husband Randall told Piedmont Police she committed suicide. Police agreed at the time.

The Calhoun County cold case unit re-opened the case earlier this year. They discovered new evidence leading to the arrest of Randall Kirkpatrick.

Deborah’s sister, Ann Parris, tells WIAT 42 she knew her sister was murdered.

“I knew my sister. She wasn’t suicidal,” Parris said. “She was actually fixing to leave him because of a lot of things he was doing, and she didn’t want her son in that environment or herself.”

Randall moved to Tennessee immediately after his wife’s death. He is in Tennessee now; this time, he is behind bars.

“Evidence developed that indicated this case was not a suicide, but was, in fact, a homicide,” Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said.

Parris said she has been waiting for this day.

“I was going to do whatever it took,” Parris said. “I was going to keep ringing phones off the hook, knocking on doors until something happened.”

The cold case unit along with a forensic team spent several months re-interviewing neighbors at the Piedmont mobile home park and pouring over case files.

“Cases like these allow a murderer to walk free among us,” Sheriff Amerson said. “It is our duty and responsibility whenever we possibly can to bring closure to that case.”

Parris said she does not expect closure.

“But I think that maybe now it will start healing some of those broken pieces.”

Randall Kirkpatrick is being held behind bars in Tennessee until he can be extradited to Alabama to face trial.

(Copyright WIAT 42 News 2014)

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