COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. - On Tuesday, Colbert County officials formally charged Timothy Warhurst with murder. He is in jail on a $1 million bond.
Warhurst was taken into custody on Monday for allegedly trying to bury his girlfriend's body in Scottsboro.
Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said Warhurst, 55, was in investigative custody in connection to the death of his girlfriend, Wanda Ivey, 47.
Sheriff Williamson said it started when Jackson County officials received a tip from a citizen that a man was trying to bury his girlfriend in a wooded area of Scottsboro Sunday.
When Jackson County investigators looked into the tip, they found Warhurst, who refused to let them search his truck, Sheriff Williamson said. After a search warrant was signed by a judge, investigators were able to find Ivey's body in the truck, according to Williamson.
Sheriff Williamson said it appeared that Ivey had been shot twice with a 9mm pistol at Warhurst's home on Blue Road in Tuscumbia. He said deputies had been called out to the home for domestic disturbances involving Warhurst and Ivey several times in the past.