Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris says he hopes his investigators are close to making an arrest and figuring out what happened at a home in the Upshaw community in far northern Winston County.
Investigators believe 80-year-old Maxine Carroll and her 50-year-old nephew Bryan Stephens were shot to death inside a home on Winston County Road 41 sometime Sunday night.
Sheriff's deputies went to the home Monday morning when friends couldn't get Carroll to come to the door and discovered the scene.
Investigators say there's no sign of forced entry but after talking to some friends and relatives, they think they have a good idea what may have happened.
Deputies and investigators from the ABI have been interviewing suspects today.
This is the second crime scene with multiple dead bodies in Winston County in the past week after a car with four dead bodies was discovered last week.
Detectives think that case was a suicide pact among four people linked to a child pornography investigation out of Tennessee.
Sheriff Harris says this case is much different for the community.
"This is much, much different than that situation last time in that those people had no connection to our community. Therefore there's no grief factors, there's no ties to community and things that go with it. Whereas this situation is totally opposite," Sheriff Harris said.
"This lady had been a schoolteacher in our community for years, and most everyone in Addison and Arley had been her student at one time. So this was a really high-profile emotional thing, whereas the other was isolated and these other people were anonymous to us," he added.
The sheriff says he anticipates making an arrest within the next 24 hours. Check back with MyFoxAl.com for updates.
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