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Cause of death released for father, daughter murdered in Helena

Helena double murder suspect appears in court
Published: Feb. 3, 2022 at 9:05 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2022 at 3:19 PM CST
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HELENA, Ala. (WBRC) - Court documents show the cause of death for two Helena residents who were killed in January.

Sharon Tarwater Whited, 40, was stabbed and shot. Her father, 75-year-old, Chester. E. Tarwater Jr., had been shot.

The suspect in the case, John Peyton Scott lll, made his initial appearance in a Shelby County courtroom last week. Scott was taken inside about fifteen minutes prior to the slated start time. Once in the courtroom the judge wasted no time, with the meeting lasting only about 10 minutes.

The appearance allowed Judge William Bostic to go over and advise Scott of his rights and the basic procedure that will unfold over potentially the next several months.

Judge Bostic reminded Scott that he is being charged with capital murder for the deaths of Whited and Tarwater Jr. He then pointed out that due to the capital nature of the crimes, no bail will be allowed, and that if a jury deems Scott guilty, he could be sentenced to death.

Prior to the end of the court proceedings, the judge reminded Scott about his right to remain silent. Scott was quickly transported back to the Shelby County Jail following his appearance Thursday, and neither he or his legal team shared a comment.

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