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July 2, 2013

Vinemont man shot and killed in domestic dispute

Sheriff's office still investigating details of incident

VINEMONT — A Vinemont man was shot and killed at his home on June 29 during an alleged domestic dispute with his wife.

Cullman County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call by Elizabeth McBroom at approximately 2:45 a.m. on June 29 at the home she shares with her husband Robert, on County Road 1437 in the Vinemont community.

Robert, 56, had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene when authorities arrived. Investigators would not speculate as to how many gunshots were involved, and would not release the type of gun used.

According to sheriff’s office reports, Elizabeth told deputies she and her husband had become embroiled in a domestic violence incident that resulted in Robert’s death.

When asked if there had been previous domestic disputes at the location, Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey said no records were found to his knowledge.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday, and Rainey said the results and all information uncovered during the investigation has been turned over to Cullman County District Attorney Wilson Blaylock. From there, the results will be used in a presentation before a grand jury to determine if any charges might be filed against Elizabeth.

“Post-autopsy, when we gather all the evidence, we will take it all to the district attorney,” Rainey said.

Rainey said he will not be releasing any further details related to the case until it has been reviewed by a grand jury.

“No arrest has been made at this time and Elizabeth McBroom has continued to be cooperative with investigators concerning this investigation,” he said in a statement. “I know a lot of people have questions but at this time it would be premature for the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office to release factual details concerning this case prior to being reviewed by a Cullman County grand jury. I want the families of both sides to know they are in our thoughts and prayers as they go through this very difficult situation.”

Arrest records show Elizabeth was arrested in 2012 for harassing communications, and also faced charges for contempt of court. Rainey said those charges are unrelated to this investigation.

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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