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Suicide suspected as domestic altercation over dogs turns deadly

Published 7:42pm Wednesday, July 9, 2014

An argument between a brother and his sister over dogs in the house has left a Barrett Road man dead.

Alexander City Police believe that 58-year-old William Lee Worrell shot himself in the head with a .22 caliber revolver just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night as his sister was calling police to report that her brother had bashed her in the back of the head with the gun.

“Information that we have at this point is that the man and his 64-year-old sister both lived in the Barrett Road home and that he had been become highly intoxicated after drinking for a good part of the day,” said Alexander City Police Capt. Tommy Lovett. “He began yelling and hitting on her over two dogs that she had inside the home.

“He hit her in the back of her head with the gun and it caused a pretty bad gash.  She got away and called police and the information we have is that there was a single shot and he had killed himself.”

A gun was recovered at the scene, with a single shot having been fired, Lovett said.

The investigation is ongoing, and Worrell’s body was sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, according to Lovett. He said while it appears to be a domestic altercation that ended in a suicide, right now they are leaving the door open until everything is finalized.

“We are treating like this as a death investigation and are collecting everything we can,” Lovett said. “From there, we will make sure the evidence is consistent with what we information we have.”

Lovett said that the circumstances in this case are often what investigators find in domestic situations that turn violent.

“People are going to have disagreements, but when alcohol is added to the situation and people aren’t thinking clearly, incidents like this are even more likely,” Lovett said.