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September 20, 2014

Bond conditions set for former Piedmont man charged with murder

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Randall Wayne Kirkpatrick

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 5:08 pm | Updated: 5:23 pm, Thu Jul 3, 2014.

A former Piedmont man indicted last month on a murder charge in the 2003 death of his wife remained in Calhoun County Jail on Thursday, but he could be released on bond under certain conditions.

Randall Wayne Kirkpatrick, 33, was taken to the Calhoun County Jail on Tuesday from Dyer County in Tennessee, where he lived since his wife’s death, court records show.

Those court records show Kirkpatrick is eligible for release on a $100,000 bond, set by the Calhoun County grand jury that indicted him on the murder charge on June 20.

Kirkpatrick pleaded not guilty to the crime at a hearing Tuesday in Calhoun County Circuit Judge Debra Jones’ courtroom.

Jones ruled that because Kirkpatrick has no family or ties to the community, he is a flight risk. The conditions of his bond state that, if released, he must live in a residence approved by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, and remain under GPS monitoring to ensure he does not leave the county, court records show.

Kirkpatrick declined to take a court-appointed attorney, and instead retained Anniston attorney Doug Ghee to represent him, court records show. Attempts Thursday to reach Ghee for comment were unsuccessful.

Deborah Lynn Kirkpatrick, 22, was found dead from a single gunshot wound to her head on June 3, 2003 inside her Piedmont home, authorities say.  Piedmont police and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences investigated the death, but determined no cause. It was thought at first to have been a suicide, police said this week, but that determination was never made official by investigators.

A second investigation by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s office cold case unit discovered new evidence that linked Kirkpatrick to the crime.

Kirkpatrick’s arraignment is set for Sept. 4.

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