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July 29, 2013

Father and son to be charged with murder of wife, mother respectively

CULLMAN — A father and son have been charged with the murder of their wife and mother, respectively, after she was found dead in her vehicle on Sunday afternoon from multiple gun shot wounds.

Angela Annette Mikel, 41, was discovered Sunday on County Road 38 around 4:30 p.m. after a missing persons report had been filed by her aunt on Saturday morning. Her husband Terry Lynn Mikel, 45, and son, Charles Christopher Burks, 25, were charged Monday morning in Angela’s murder.

Authorities are working now to determine Burks’ exact relationship to Angela, be it a son or step-son.

Angela had filed an order of protection against her estranged husband last week for domestic abuse and had been staying with her aunt. After the missing persons report was filed on Saturday, Sheriff Mike Rainey said deputies traveled to the husband’s home to investigate.

“The deputies did a follow-up and went to the victim’s husband’s residence and no one was at home, so we were unable to locate anyone on Saturday,” Rainey said. “We received a report that Angela Mikel’s body was discovered deceased at a nearby residence on Sunday. The victim appeared to be shot multiple times by a small-caliber weapon. After we gathered more information, we received a report by someone who knows both the suspect and the victim that they saw Mikel and Burks running into a wooden area near Hanceville on Sunday night, so we set up a perimeter.”

Rainey said the two suspects were hiding in the woods and were spotted by a State Trooper helicopter about 10 minutes after they arrived on scene near County Road 520.

“They surrendered to us without incident,” Rainey said. “We took them in for questioning. We are convinced we have the right people. We have no doubt.”

 The weapon used in the homicide was discovered in the roadway on County Road 38. Rainey said they have estimated Angela’s death was between 7-8 p.m. on Saturday night.

“She was shot in her vehicle and [the car was driven] to a vacant mobile home,” Rainey said. “We found her in the car that is registered to her behind the mobile home on County Road 38.”

An autopsy has been ordered in Huntsville to determine the exact time of death and other information that is pertinent to the Sheriff’s Office investigation.

“I want to thank everyone involved in the case for their quick response and arrest of the two suspects in such a short time,” Rainey said. “I want to especially thank the Cullman County Investigators, deputies, Hanceville Police Department, and the Alabama State Trooper pilots, Tim Martin and Mike Manley for their outstanding efforts.”

%Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.


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