Walker County man arrested, charged with murder of girlfriend

JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) – One man is charged with murder in the death of a 34-year-old woman in Walker County, according to Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood.

Kelly Sanford was found unresponsive by Walker County deputies around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Curry.  She was taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Underwood says an autopsy revealed Sanford died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Richard Todd Abbott, 38, was on the scene when first responders arrived. Underwood says Abbott and Sanford were in a relationship.

Abbott was arrested and charged with murder. He’s being held in the Walker County Jail on $500,000 bond.

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