Death investigation underway in Athens, police identify victim

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens Police are investigating a shooting death on Levert Ave. Officers arrived around 11:30 p.m. to find Cheryl L. Holt, 35, dead in the living room of the home. Officers say she had a gunshot wound to her chest.

Police Chief Floyd Johnson says Holt's husband told officers he had accidentally shot his wife.

Investigators spent most of the morning interviewing Holt's husband and processing the scene. Investigators sent the body to Huntsville office for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.

No arrests have been made at this time. Johnson says as new evidence is uncovered in the case, investigators will evaluate their decision with the District Attorney. At that time, they will decide if the case should go to a Grand Jury for review.

While on the scene, WHNT News 19's Jeff Gray observed detectives taking bags and guns out of the home.