Trinity woman charged with capital murder for house fire that killed her husband

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Susie Ella Stovall (Photo: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Sheriff Gene Mitchell said his office and the State Fire Marshall’s Office have charged a Trinity woman with capital murder and two counts of arson in connection with the death of her husband last week.

Susie Ella Stovall, 59, of Trinity, is charged with murder in the commission of an arson for her involvement in a house fire that claimed the life of her husband, Azrel Gene Stovall, 66, on Nov. 25, according to Sheriff Mitchell.

He said Mrs. Stovall was a suspect from the beginning of the investigation, due to a domestic disturbance that had occurred earlier that same date.  Mitchell said deputies had responded to a domestic disturbance at the Stovall residence approximately 15 to 30 minutes prior to the house fire being reported.

The sheriff said that when deputies arrived, Mrs. Stovall had left the residence.  Mitchell said that deputies spoke with Mr. Stovall, who told them that he thought everything was OK and that he was going to go to bed.  Sheriff Mitchell said that about 15 minutes after deputies left the Stovall residence, 911 received a report of a fire at the Stovall home.

When officers responded to the residence, they located Mrs. Stovall in the front yard, Mitchell said. She was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a domestic violence charge.

Susie Stovall is currently being held in the Lawrence County Jail with no bond. She is also charged with arson first degree and arson second degree.