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August 27, 2014

Judge: Man charged in wife’s 2003 death must remain in Calhoun County

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Randall Wayne Kirkpatrick

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 7:06 pm | Updated: 4:32 pm, Tue Jul 8, 2014.

A Calhoun County judge said Monday that a former Piedmont man indicted in the 2003 shooting death of his wife must stay in Calhoun County while he awaits trial.

Circuit Judge Debra Jones on Monday ordered Randall Wayne Kirkpatrick, 33, to remain in Calhoun County under GPS monitoring in the event he is released on $100,000 bail, according to court records. Kirkpatrick was in the Calhoun County Jail Monday afternoon.

Kirkpatrick’s attorney, Doug Ghee, asked the court to allow Kirkpatrick to return to his home in Dyersburg, Tenn., where he has lived at the same residence for eight years, to await his trial, records show.

A Calhoun County grand jury indicted Kirkpatrick on a charge of murder June 20 in connection with the shooting death of Deborah Lynn Kirkpatrick, 22, found dead on June 3, 2003, inside her Piedmont home.

Ghee told the court that Kirkpatrick has no criminal history, has a good job in Dyersburg where he makes electrical transformers and that “there is no likelihood of his being any form of a flight risk of this court,” court records show.

Jones’ Monday ruling reaffirmed the conditions she set on June 20 concerning the GPS monitoring of Kirkpatrick and his place of residence upon release on bond.

Attempts Monday to reach Ghee were unsuccessful.

Kirkpatrick’s arraignment is set for Sept. 4.

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