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March 20, 2013

Two charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle

Two men have been charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle following an incident that started at an apartment complex Monday.

Cullman County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911caller who reported shots fired at a vehicle at the apartment complex on Highway 31 North in Cullman on Monday.

Billy Dan Isbell, 83, and his son, Douglas Henderson Isbell, 50, of Falkville, were charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle. No one was injured. The two men allegedly tried to break into the home of Christopher Dale Borden when his wife, Amanda Forsythe, saw them and called the police authorities.

“She stated that the men tried to break into her home through her 11-year old daughter’s bedroom window,” Sheriff Mike Rainey said. “She said her husband, Borden, then went outside and saw the two male suspects running down the driveway.”

“Borden then got into his truck and began looking for the people,” Rainey said. “When he got to Highway 31, the two guys started shooting at his tailgate.”

Rainey said Borden turned around to drive back to their apartment and the two men started shooting at the truck again.

“Borden made it back to the apartment. Forsythe had remained on the phone with police,” Rainey said. “When the officers had arrived the two men were still there and were brought into custody because their stories were inconsistent.”

Morgan County deputies also responded with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office to the 911 call.

Shooting into an occupied vehicle is a Class B felony. The suspects are being held in the Cullman Detention Center, each on a $30,000 bond. If convicted, both men are facing a minimum of two years and a maximum of 20 years in jail.

The investigation into the shooting is continuing.

Lauren Estes can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext 270, or at


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