Lauderdale County Man on Trial in Wife’s Death

It’s a shooting death authorities say was the result of an ongoing domestic dispute between a Lauderdale County man and his ex-wife.  Tony Randall Woods stands trial charged with capital murder two years after his arrest for the shooting.

As prosecutors and defense attorneys begin jury selection, family members of Tammie Woods prepare to relive two years of pain inside a courtroom.  July 13, 2010, a 9-1-1 call is made from a passer-by alerting authorities of a single car wreck on County Road 2 in the Gravelly Springs community of Lauderdale County.

Investigators say when emergency responders arrived on the scene, they found a woman dead from a gunshot wound.  As the investigation at the scene unfolded that night, deputies say motive became clearer.  According investigators, Tammie Woods was shot during an altercation less than half a mile from the scene of the car wreck.

On July 14th of 2010, Tammie Woods’ ex-husband Tony Randall Woods was taken into custody for questioning.  At Tony Woods home, investigators say they found multiple shell casings in the front yard.

According to investigators, an altercation between the Woods started at the home on County Road 2 around 7:00pm.  Authorities believe Tammie Woods went to the house to pick up some of her things and ended up running for her life as her ex-husband opened fire on her.  Investigators say she was shot after getting in her car and driving away.

 On July 14th, Tony Woods was charged with capital murder.

Defense attorneys contend that Tony Woods was trying to defend himself during the shooting. They believe Tammie Woods was trying to run over her ex-husband. 

Courthouse officials anticipate opening statements will begin Wednesday morning, with state witnesses in the case to begin shortly thereafter.  The trial is expected to last into next week.

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