Capital murder victim and suspect have history of domestic violence

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A look into the marital history of Christopher Matthew Henderson and his wife, and allegedly his victim, Kristen Chambers Henderson, reveals court-documented domestic violence.

Christopher Henderson and Rhonda Carlson face capital murder charges after four bodies, including that of Kristen Henderson, was pulled from a house that caught on fire on St. Clair Lane.

“Mrs. Henderson had filed a protection of abuse order from Christopher Henderson,” explained David Jernigan with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

The hearing for that order was July 29, in response to a June incident at Madison Square Mall. According to officials, the suspect hit the victim in the arm.

But when the couple went before Judge Ruth Ann Hall, Henderson’s secret — and now, alleged partner-in-crime, came to light.

“It was determined he was also married to [Rhonda] Carlson so there was bigamy going on that was uncovered in court,” explained Jernigan.

The victim married Henderson in 2014. But he married Carlson the previous year. Jernigan says he believes it created problems when it was revealed in court.

“He never dissolved the first marriage. This was causing some issues in the household which I think precipitated what happened.”

Authorities expect more charges for both Carlson and Henderson as the investigation continues.

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