Hazel Green Man Charged with Woman’s Murder

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HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT) - Sheriff's deputies discovered the body of 63-year-old Susan Elaine Adkins at a residence on Laster Lane in Hazel Green when family members of Adkins asked that they perform a welfare check.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office charged 55-year-old Jeffrey Prince Elmore with murder in connection with Adkins' death.

When deputies arrived at 100 Laster Lane this afternoon Elmore was at the home. Authorities identified Elmore as Susan Adkins' common-law husband.

Sheriff's deputies said Elmore gave a full confession to killing Adkins at the Madison County Sheriff's office on Tuesday afternoon, just hours after her body had been discovered.  Deputies tell us Elmore was remorseful, and that alcohol may have played a role in the crime.

"He did act alone, and he did committ this murder," said Madison County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Brian Chaffin. "I think he felt there was a point in time where he was going to have to face his crime he had committed, and today was the day...He possibly had consumed alcohol and maybe an argument or something of that nature happened, and that's how it went."

Investigators would not say exactly when the incident occurred but did say it was within the last 24 hours. An official cause of death has yet to be determined, but sources familiar with the case told WHNT News 19 that the victim had been stabbed.

Elmore is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $75,000 bond. Neighbors who lived nearby describe the suspect as outgoing, but also with a streak of strange and unusual behavior.

"I would have never thought that the man [Elmore] over there would do such a thing like that," said Olivia Ricketts, who lives across the street...He just seemed harmless...He asked for money sometimes from the neighbors, and he's always just rambling on about nonsense. We don't know what he's talking about sometimes."

Stay tuned to WHNT News 19 for more information on this case.