Jackson County man shot dead, burned in domestic dispute

Tammy Michelle Keel, is charged with murder.
photo Tammy Michelle Keel, is charged with murder.

A Woodville, Ala., woman is behind bars on a murder charge after Jackson County authorities found her 53-year-old husband's body under a burning car at the couple's home on Wednesday.

Ricky Keel was shot multiple times by his 47-year-old wife, Tammy Michelle Keel, before his body was set on fire, Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said Thursday.

A bond had not been set as of late Thursday.

The shooting happened at mid-afternoon Wednesday at 14543 County Road 8 in Woodville. Woodville, a town of about 750 people, is just off U.S. Highway 72 in Jackson County about halfway between Scottsboro and Huntsville.

Harnen said Tammy Keel made the call to 911 to report the incident. He said officials can't discuss many details yet regarding the shooting or how the vehicle ended up on top of the man's body.

There was no one else at the home when the shooting happened, he said.

"We've questioned everybody involved," Harnen said. Investigators also talked with neighbors and other acquaintances, he said.

The couple has lived at the County Road 8 home for "at least four or five years," Harnen said. "They had some issues in the past."

Harnen said authorities are still sorting out what led to the shooting. Investigators have not released the type of weapon that was used to kill Ricky Keel.

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