Investigation underway in shooting deaths
by Rachel Davis
Oct 10, 2013 | 3957 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the second time in a week, Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris finds himself faced with investigating a case involving multiple victims killed by gunshots.

The victims in this case are long-time schoolteacher Maxine Carroll, 80, and her nephew, 50-year-old Bryan Stephens. The victims were found in Carroll’s house at 23797 County Road 41 in Addison where Harris said Stephens was also living at the time.

A concerned neighbor contacted the Winston County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday after they were unable to make contact with Carroll. Deputies found the bodies while performing a wellness check at the neighbor’s request.

Harris said the shooting occurred sometime between Sunday and the neighbor’s call Tuesday and officials hope to be able to narrow that timeline down more. He declined to comment on a possible motive in the case.

Harris, along with investigators from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the Winston County District Attorney’s Office, spent much of Wednesday questioning a person they called a “suspect” in the murder. No arrests had been made as of press time.

The bodies were sent to the Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville for autopsy. Harris said there was no connection between these murders and the case of four people found dead last week in the county.