BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police say the ex-husband of the woman killed Monday in Wylam has been charged in her murder.
Demetrius Wilbert is charged with murder. He is being held on $250,000 bond in the Jefferson County Jail.
The woman, whose body was found inside her burning red Camaro, was identified earlier Wednesday as 31-year-old Nicole Monique Wallace.
Wallace lived just blocks away from the scene, on Michigan Ave. According to neighbors, Wallace was a kind woman, who worked two jobs to provide for her teenage daughter and young son.
“She was very special– very good, sweet person,” said Sharon Dudley, Wallace’s next door neighbor. “It really hurts me. I really hate to think about it.”
According to Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department, Wallace’s ex-husband is in custody and considered the prime suspect in her murder. Edwards said formal charges could come Wednesday evening.
There was a history of domestic violence between Wallace and her ex-husband, Edwards said, pointing out that their divorce was finalized in September.
“He committed a heinous crime. No person deserves to die like this young lady that lost her life did,” Edwards said. “If there was ever any relationship there, it doesn’t show the way he treated this young lady.”