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A Hollywood, Alabama, man's bond was set Monday at $250,000 in the Saturday slaying of his longtime girlfriend.

Authorities in Jackson County, Alabama, said Jeremiah Adam Nix, 32, is charged in the death of Candus Bowes, who was found with a gunshot wound lying on the front porch of their home on Poplar Street in the town of Hollywood, Jackson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said Tuesday.

The call first came in as a self-inflicted shooting, Harnen said, "but after our investigators got there, they determined that it was a homicide and arrested the boyfriend."

"They'd been living together for a long time," Harnen said.

Officers seized a small-caliber handgun believed to be the weapon used in killing the Jackson County mother, Harnen said.

Sheriff's office records show no significant criminal history or any recent charges for Nix, Harnen said.

Meanwhile, investigators are waiting for results from an autopsy performed in Huntsville on Tuesday, he said.

Poplar Street is a narrow street of mostly mobile homes and a couple of small houses on the south end of the tiny town along U.S. Highway 72.

Nix had an initial appearance on a charge of murder before District Court Judge Don Word on Monday. The case likely will be presented to the Jackson County grand jury on Dec. 9, Circuit Clerk Bart Buchanan said Tuesday.

Nix had no attorney on record on Tuesday, Buchanan said, and was still being held at the Jackson County Jail.

Bowes's family and friends posted on her Facebook page expressing shock about the sudden loss of the mother of two, her love for her children, "sweet smile" and the kindness she showed to others.

Contact Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569. Follow him on Twitter @BenBenton or at www.facebook.com/benbenton1.

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