Suspect charged with murder in Highland Lakes homicide

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — According to the sheriff’s office, 37-year-old Adam Michael Burrus of Chelsea is now in custody in connection to Constance “Connie” Leigh Woolweaver’s death.

Woolweaver, a mother of 2, was found dead inside her Highland Lakes home Wednesday afternoon by her son. The sheriff says she was shot to death with a 9 millimeter handgun by the suspect, apparently as soon as they entered the home. He described it as a “crime of passion,” and said multiple shots were fired.

According to Sheriff Samaniego, the suspect and Woolweaver had been business partners of some sort as well as friends for several years. A neighbor of Burrus tells us he is a husband and a father of two children and owns an artificial bait company.

Samaniego says Burrus was developed as a person of interest as investigators explored relationships in her life. He came in willingly after he was contacted at his business and questioned. Samaniego said at first Burrus was cooperative, but then as the interview shifted he eventually invoked his fifth amendment rights.

The sheriff said he doesn’t know if their relationship was ever romantic, but he described the crime of passion as likely out of anger, with evidence that it was calculated and senseless.

Burrus is charged with murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Shelby County Jail. The investigation is ongoing.

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