Deaths of Walker Co. officer and woman ruled murder-suicide

New information in town councilor's death

WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -A report from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences indicates a man and woman found in a truck under the I-22 overpass died as a result of a murder-suicide.

The bodies of 70-year-old John Allen Softley of Parrish and 30-year-old Monica Jean Graves of Cordova were found on September 22. The Dora Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, they reported everything to the 14th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Bill Adair. He contacted the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and requested a death investigation.

Death investigation underway in Walker Co.

The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (ADFS) Huntsville Laboratory was contacted and a postmortem examination was requested as part of the investigation.

Preliminary results from ADFS indicate Graves’ cause of death was a gunshot wound. The report lists her manner of death as homicide. ADFS also reported that Softley’s cause of death was a gunshot wound. The manner of Mr. Softley’s death is listed as suicide.

Softley was a town councilor for District 4 and had been since January 2017. He was also a part-time Jasper police investigator.

The SBI continues to investigate the events surrounding the death of the two individuals. The information from ADFS will be taken into consideration as the investigation continues.

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