Jackson County, Alabama, deputies back at work after COVID-19 exposure worries

Murder suspect transferred to Marion County jail has shown no symptoms

Jackson County Alabama Sheriff Chuck Phillips

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Seven Jackson County, Alabama, sheriff's office deputies returned to work Friday after concerns they possibly had been exposed over the weekend to COVID-19 while taking a suspect in a Marion County, Tennessee, slaying into custody.

Authorities in Marion County say the suspect still has not shown any symptoms, nor have any officers there.

Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips said Friday that the seven officers - three corrections officers, three road deputies and an investigator - self-isolated themselves after they came in contact with 27-year-old James Hunter Scott, a man sought in the early Sunday slaying of 25-year-old Jasper, Tennessee, resident Corbin Kain Hale.

Hale turned himself in later Sunday at the police department in Bridgeport, Alabama, about 30 miles north of Scottsboro where the sheriff's office and jail are.