Bibb Co. kidnapping, murder suspect appears in court

Bibb Co. kidnapping, murder suspect appears in court
A more recent photo of Tammy Murphy Carpenter. (Source: Bibb County Sheriff/Facebook)
A more recent photo of Tammy Murphy Carpenter. (Source: Bibb County Sheriff/Facebook)
John Barry Hubbard. (Source: Bibb Co. Sheriff)
John Barry Hubbard. (Source: Bibb Co. Sheriff)

BIBB COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and killing her sister appeared in court for the first time on Thursday morning.

John Barry Hubbard is charged with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend Tammy Murphy Carpenter, who was found safe on Wednesday night.

Authorities suspect Hubbard of kidnapping Carpenter and fatally shooting her sister, Kandi Murphy around 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 at a home on Ingate Pass. Murphy later died at DCH Regional Medical Center.

On Wednesday night, Carpenter visited a restaurant across the street from a Travel Inn motel near I-20/59 in the Union area to order food. She alerted management that she had been kidnapped and they called 911.

Hubbard was arrested without incident at the hotel shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday. He is charged with kidnapping and the capital murder of Kandi Murphy.

On Thursday morning, Hubbard arrived at the Bibb County Courthouse for his first court appearance on kidnapping and capital murder charges before Judge William Owings.

Hubbard told FOX6 News he didn't want to talk about what he'd been doing the last two days.

Hubbard told the judge he'd wait to get an attorney. He said he wanted to talk to his lawyer before having a preliminary hearing.

He nodded his head that he understood he was charged with capital murder and kidnapping. Judge Owings told Hubbard he had a right to remain silent.

On Wednesday night, authorities arrested his cousin in connection to the kidnapping and murder case.

Bibb County Sheriff Keith Hannah said Gary Wade Rowland was arrested at his home in Eoline on Wednesday night.

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