Wife released from custody after shooting husband

CLAY, AL (WBRC) – A woman who admits to shooting her husband on Friday morning has been released from custody according to a spokesman at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian says deputies found 39-year-old Karen B. Durbin at her residence in the 6100 block of Old Springville Road around 6:30 a.m. Her 42-year-old husband, Byron Keith Durbin, was found dead on the scene with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Karen Durbin was taken into custody and questioned by investigators. Christian said Friday afternoon Karen Durbin told them she was in fear for her life as her husband had made threats to her over the last few weeks. Durbin felt it was because of the divorce they were going through. She said she was retreating at the time when the shot was fired.

Durbin was released after questioning, but the investigation is ongoing. Christian said facts in the case will be brought before the district attorney to conclude whether or not charges will be filed.

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