RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A gruesome murder investigation continues to evolve in Franklin County.
Police say a domestic dispute between an estranged husband and wife has left one dead and the suspect in the hospital.
Friday morning, Russellville Police investigators and agents with the ABI combed over a SUV looking for evidence in the murder of 25-year-old Lesley Hope Plott.
Police Chief Chris Hargett says Plott was attacked with a knife sometime between 1:00 and 1:30 Friday morning, by her estranged husband.
“The victim was found in a ditch there close to Wilson Boulevard and Jackson Avenue,” explained Hargett. “The male subject was actually in the vehicle at the time officers arrived, and they were able to take him into custody.”
According to Hargett, Plott was giving 33-year-old Angel Campos a ride to his home when they got in a struggle.
Patrol officers found the vehicle after a Russellville resident called 911 to alert them of the attack.
Chief Chris Hargett says he was not aware of any previous problems between Plott and Campos.
“Talking with family members, they were definitely separated and there were some issues there and they had been arguing throughout the day, but nothing physical,” Hargett said.
Authorities say the estranged couple had four children, all of whom are staying with family members now.
According to Chief Hargett, Angel Campos was transported to Huntsville Hospital with apparent self-inflicted injuries. At last report, Campos was in guarded condition.
Authorities say charges are pending. Prosecutors have ordered an autopsy of Lesley Plott.
UPDATE - Angel Campos Nava was released from Huntsville Hospital and booked into the Franklin County Jail on February 28.