Man charged with woman’s death previously out on bond rearrested

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -  A man charged with the murder of his wife previously out of jail on bond has been rearrested Tuesday.

Last week, the family of 37-year-old Tonya Lee Carroll got a dreaded phone call announcing that the man charged with the woman's death, her husband, Christopher Thomas Copeland, was out on bond.

Court records show Copeland was released last week on $500,000 bond, stripping the little peace of mind left for Carroll's family.

He was rearrested Tuesday after his bond was revoked. Authorities say he failed a drug test, testing positive for methamphetamine.

"It's like living through it all over again," said her sister Tamra when she heard that Copeland was out.

A non-capital murder charge has a recommended bond up to $75,000 but a judge can use their discretion. Copeland's was set much higher in an attempt to keep him behind bars.

He was released from jail just four months before officials say Copeland beat Carroll to death.

"It was truly an addiction for her," said Carroll of her sister's relationship. "It was love that killed her, this 'need' to be him."

"There's some fear there, I realize he's a dangerous man," she said. Her family has custody of the child Copeland had with her sister. But any contact with her family would violate his bond and put him back in jail.

Limestone County deputies responded to Carroll's Toney home July 19. Copeland met them at the door and found Carroll unresponsive.

Family and friends of the victim told investigators that the couple had a history of domestic violence, and that Carroll had left him on occasion.

Copeland has a past record for violence, and drug related arrests, he had recently been released from prison after a ten-year sentence for assault.

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