Detectives investigating homicide after mother slain in Center Point apartment

CENTER POINT, Ala. (WIAT) — Willie Bell Jr., 46, of Center Point has been charged with the murder of Janet Renae Shaw and the attempted murder of one of her children, according to Randy Christian with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded Monday just after 3:30 p.m. to a report of a woman being assaulted in an apartment in the 1800 block of Center Brook Lane. When they arrived they found the 36-year-old victim unresponsive on a bed inside the home. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shaw was married to Bell, and had shared an apartment with him for several years along with her two sons, 18 and 15 years old, and the couple’s 9-year-old son. According to Randy Christian, the couple began arguing earlier that day,

Christian states that the couple began arguing earlier that day, and Shaw told Bell to leave. Bell reportedly became enraged and strangled Shaw. When her 15-year-old son arrived home from school, he discovered her body in the bedroom and reportedly fled as Bell attacked him and attempted to strangle him as well.

The son was able to call for help from another apartment, and the 9-year-old arrived later on a separate school bus before being intercepted by family members before going inside the apartment.

Bell admitted to detectives that he had committed the murder and had attempted to strangle the child, according to the release.

“It’s always shocking and disheartening that someone can take away the life of a person they profess to love or loved at one time,” Christian said. “It makes no sense that they can’t just walk away and get control of their emotions.”

Bell is being held in Jefferson County Jail under no bond on Capital Murder and Attempted Murder charges.

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