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SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2007

Moulton man facing child porn charges dies

By Deangelo McDaniel · 340-2469

MOULTON — A Moulton man whom investigators arrested Monday on child pornography charges died Friday morning of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, a sheriff’s investigator said.

Lt. Tim McWhorter said investigators found Stephen Elliott Dee Garrison, 38, of 20679 Alabama 33 near a pond at the back of the property. Investigators responded to calls from the family between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., McWhorter said.

“They (the family) found a letter indicating he was taking his life,” McWhorter said. “He died on the property.”

Lawrence County Coroner Micah Coffey was out of town and not available for comment.

“We’re completing the investigation, but it’s pretty evident that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” McWhorter said.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department arrested Garrison on Monday after finding 145 images of child pornography in his home, McWhorter said.

The arrest came after a resident expressed concern to sheriff investigators about inappropriate pictures of young children, McWhorter said.

The resident gave the Sheriff’s Department a compact disc containing some of the images.

During the search, McWhorter said, investigators found more discs containing pictures of children who appeared to be between 3 and 15.

McWhorter said it did not appear that Garrison produced any of the photos.

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