HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday for Jeffrey Prince Elmore.
Elmore is charged with the murder of his common-law wife, 63-year-old Susan Adkins, in June 2013.
The judge found sufficient evidence in the case and bound it over to a grand jury.
Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said Elmore and Adkins got into a fight over alcohol. Elmore is accused of stabbing Adkins, then suffocating her with a blanket.
Adkins failed to show up for work, so her family asked the sheriff’s office to check the couple’s home on Lester Lane in Hazel Green.
They found Elmore waiting calmly inside the home.
Investigators say they found a suicide note saying Elmore had killed Atkins and himself. They also found a noose in the back yard of the home, and a ladder.
Adkins was found face up in bed. They believe she was killed on a Sunday and found the following Tuesday.
Investigators say Elmore confessed several times on tape.