UPDATE: Fort Payne man charged in his wife’s murder

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. – A Fort Payne woman is dead and her husband is in jail, charged with her murder.  Police say this was a case of domestic violence.

Fort Payne Police officers were dispatched to 701 9th Street SE early Monday morning to do a welfare check on a young woman. “When officers got there they cleared the residence and found a female in the back bedroom deceased,” Chief Randy Bynum said.

The victim was Ashley Lynn Scott, 25.  Her husband, Gregory Scott, is charged.

“It was determined that her husband… was a person of interest, and we detained him. He has since been charged with murder,” Chief Bynum said.

Neighbors tell WHNT News 19 they heard shooting coming from the Scotts’ home, but thought it was fireworks because of the early morning.

One neighbor tells us the couple was quiet, but argued. “We think it was… an incident of domestic violence that spiraled out of control this morning,” Chief Bynum says, “This suspect, Mr. Scott, has given us very little information to go on at this point in time.”

Police say there was a previous report filed Friday of an incident of domestic violence. Officers say Scott was the suspect in that case.

“Our investigators are working tirelessly to wrap this thing up pretty quick,” Chief Bynum said. The Jacksonville State University Forensic team assisted in the investigation.

Scott is in the Fort Payne Jail and will be transferred to the DeKalb County Jail with felony murder charges pending with no bond set at this time.

The couple has two children, who are in the care of family.

Both Ashley and Gregory Scott worked for DeKalb Ambulance Service.  WHNT News 19 reached out to the ambulance company. Mark Ford, Director, released this statement:

“Today we are reminded that tragedy has no boundaries as we were awakened by the terrible news of the death of Ashley Scott. We at DeKalb Ambulance Service are accustomed to dealing with death as it’s just part of what we do as medical professionals. The shock of Ashley’s death being so sudden, at a young age, is immeasurable. This tragedy leaves us reeling and searching for understanding and also wondering in disbelief searching for answers as to why? I am certain that we will never have the answers or the understanding. However, DeKalb Ambulance Service as a family will mourn, but we will be strengthened by our memories of Ashley. Unfortunately, she wasn’t the only victim. Two families and a host of friends remain to deal with this tragedy. We offer our prayers to Ashley’s family and especially her precious children.”

Ashley Scott was a full-time EMT with DeKalb Ambulance since September 2015.  Gregory Scott was a part-time EMT since February 2016.

If you are in a situation where you need help, to get away from a spouse or partner who is abusing you or your children, please know help is available.  Please visit domesticshelters.org to find a resource near you.  

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