Murder-suicide investigation underway in Chambers, Lee Counties

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 12:34 PM EST
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LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - A murder-suicide investigation is underway after two people were found dead in Chambers and Lee Counties.

On Sunday, November 14, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Lee Co. Sheriff’s Office received a call from Chambers Co. authorities to conduct a welfare check on a 47-year-old woman at a house in the 6000 block of US Highway 29 North in Cusseta.

Upon arrival, deputies made forcible entry into the home and discovered Quentinna James with no signs of life. According to Lee Co. Coroner Bill Harris, James had apparent gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner Gene Manning.

The welfare check was conducted after her husband, 42-year-old David James, was found at an address on County Road 114 in Lafayette with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot . He was pronounced dead at the scene by Chambers County Coroner Jeff Jones.

According to Chambers County Coroner Jeff Jones, the two deaths are a confirmed murder-suicide.

At this time, the motive of the incident is unknown. However, it is believed by investigators that David James shot his wife before heading to Lafayette to turn the gun on himself.

Both bodies have been taken to the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences medical examiner’s office in Montgomery for postmortem examinations.

The incident remains under investigation by the Lee County Coroner’s Office, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office.

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