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12-year-old suspect in Falkville stabbing

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com· 340-2438

FALKVILLE — The suspect in the stabbing death of 49-year-old Christopher Abbott is not a teenager as first reported but a 12-year-old boy, Falkville police Chief Chris Free said Saturday.

Free said the youngster had a butcher knife in his custody when the first officer arrived on the scene about 4:40 p.m. on Friday. Free described the knife as being “10 or 11 inches long and covered with blood.”

The boy was “defending a woman in the house,” Free said. The boy suffered minor injuries that were “inflicted by the deceased, from what I’ve been told.”

Free said police have not filed charges. Officials at the state forensic lab in Huntsville will do an autopsy Monday.

Police found Abbott lying in the floor on his back in the back bedroom of the three-bedroom, one-bath house at 3115 U.S. 31, Free said.

Three families shared the house, he said. Abbott and his wife, Jennifer, occupied the room where the stabbing occurred.

He said Donna Woodlee “and her two kids live in one room” and Benjie Brewer, an adult male, lives in another room. Brewer wasn’t at home, Free said.

“We have not filed charges pending the outcome of the investigation,” Free said. “I also will send off some other forensic evidence that we collected at the scene.”

Free said that when police receive the autopsy report, he will wrap up the investigation and submit the report to the Morgan County grand jury.

“I spoke with District Attorney Bob Burrell, and he said that is probably our best bet, to put it before the grand jury and let them decide,” Free said.

He added that “unless there’s a smoking mirror we haven’t seen yet, there won’t be any arrests made at this point in time, until the investigation is complete. We hope to finish it up not later than the end of next week.”

Falkville police have responded to several domestic violence calls, criminal mischief calls and assault calls at the house during the past five or six months, according to Free.

Falkville Mayor Jimmie Walker, a lifelong resident, said he couldn’t recall another killing inside Falkville town limits.

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