Elkmont man charged with murder after intervening in domestic dispute

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Limestone County man faces a murder charge after a night of socialization and intoxication became violent.

Authorities say late Friday, a group went to Xtreme Performance, an automotive shop, on York Lane. They received a 911 call from the shop at 5:15 Friday morning

According to investigators, witnesses say 24-year-old Zachori Keith Blackwell became intoxicated and hit his wife, then became aggressive towards others. He pushed and hit two other people present, according to deputies.

He attempted to force his wife to leave with him, at which point deputies say Randall James Townsend was told to use his vehicle to block the gate.

After Townsend moved his truck to block Blackwell’s exit, the intoxicated Blackwell shoved Townsend down, according to investigators. Townsend stood up and reached for a firearm in the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt, emptied his weapon, shooting five rounds. Officials say Blackwell was hit all five times, three of which were to his back.

Townsend was booked into the Limestone County Jail for murder with a $20,000 bond.