Arraignments were held at the Cullman County Courthouse on Friday morning, including for the case of Terry Lynn Mikel who was recently indicted for capital murder.
Mikel, 45, of Cullman, is charged in the murder of his wife after she was found dead in her vehicle on July 28 from multiple gunshot wounds. District Attorney Wilson Blaylock said the capital murder charge was established because the incident involved shooting into a vehicle.
“On a capital case, if we go to trial, we will certainly ask for the death penalty,” Blaylock said.
Angela Annette Mikel, 41, was discovered on County Road 38 after a missing person report had been filed on her by her aunt. Her son, Charles Christopher Burks, 25, was also charged in her murder.
Terry was charged in 1998 with felony assault in the second degree after he admitted to stabbing his wife with a butcher knife on the back of her neck and arm, leaving her seriously injured. After he was indicted, Angela requested that the state drop the charges against him. Blaylock said it is not uncommon for the victim to try and protect the abuser.
Referring to Angela’s 1998 case, he said: “The victim submitted a written request that the charges be dismissed after the defendant completed the domestic abuse program, and the charge was dismissed upon the victim’s request.”
Other reports from family members about Angela seeking medical attention include: Third degree burns on her back after allegedly having a boiling hot pot of beans poured down her back, and also allegedly having her arm “nearly cut off” during an altercation.
Chief Deputy Max Bartlett, of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, commended the effort of all those involved with seeing the cases through.
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