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Eva woman’s injury ruled self-inflicted

EVA — A woman’s death inside her burning home appears to have been self-inflicted, Morgan County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Corley said Tuesday.

Corley said 60-year-old Diana Wilson died May 16 of a single gunshot wound to the head, but an autopsy also revealed she had smoke in her lungs, indicating she was alive when the fire at her 559 Frost Road home began.

Corley said investigators are still waiting on gunshot residue tests and a ballistics comparison of the fatal bullet to the handgun found near where relatives discovered Wilson’s body after seeing smoke and rushing to the home.

“It was a weapon that she herself owned, and it was recovered there in very close proximity (to her). ... There’s no foul play expected,” Corley said.

Corley said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

- Seth Burkett

Police say deadly fire was accidental

Authorities said Tuesday that a fire that killed a woman and destroyed a Northwest Decatur home appeared to be accidental.

Decatur Fire Marshal Darwin Clark said a preliminary autopsy revealed Kari Ann Parker, 22, of Moulton, whose body firefighters discovered after putting out the blaze early Monday, died of smoke inhalation.

Firefighters found Parker in the bathroom at 8101/2 Grove St. N.W. Clark said the fire appeared to originate in the bedroom of the building’s rear apartment.

“The fire appears to be accidental,” Clark said, “but we can’t exactly say or give the definite cause of the fire, pending lab results of samples sent to the forensics department.”

- Seth Burkett

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