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Former Piedmont man being extradited from Tennessee in the cold-case death of his wife

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Deborah Kirkpatrick, 22, of Piedmont, died in June 2003. Now, her husband has been indicted for murder in connection with her death. Deborah Kirkpatrick, 22, of Piedmont, died in June 2003. Now, her husband has been indicted for murder in connection with her death.
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CALHOUN COUNTY, AL -

A former Piedmont man is being extradited back to Alabama after being indicted for the death of his wife in a cold case from more than 10 years ago.

According to Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson, Randall Wayne Kirkpatrick was arrested in Dyersburg, Tenn. in connection with the death of his then-wife 22-year-old Deborah Kirkpatrick.

Amerson says the case was first investigated by Piedmont Police and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. At the time, the two agencies concluded that Deborah Kirkpatrick's death was undetermined.

Then, several months ago, the Calhoun County Cold Case Unit and District Attorney's office reopened the case after new evidence surfaced.

"It's just been a long hard journey to get here," said Ann Parris, Kirkpatrick's sister. "I was going to do whatever it took. I was going to keep ringing phones off the hook, knocking on doors until something happened," she said.

The "something" that happened was reopening the case.

"This case needed to be reopened, reanalyzed," Amerson said.

Under the new investigation, new witnesses were questioned. Old witnesses were re-interviewed. Calhoun County officials made attempts to re-interview the husband, Randall Kirkpatrick, but they were unsuccessful.

"Evidence was developed that this case was in fact not a suicide and was in fact a homicide," Amerson said, without any further specifics of the new evidence. We do know, however, the crime scene was recently reconstructed at Deborah Kirkpatrick's home.

"From the beginning , there were questions as to the crime scene and the story being put forward did not match up with the forensics that were seen there," Amerson explained.

According to District Attorney Brian McVeigh, there were inconsistencies in Randall Kirkpatrick's actions, like moving to Tennessee in a hurry, as well as his statements to police after his wife's death.

"I don't expect to get closure out of it. I do expect justice," Ann Parris said.

Right now, Randall Kirkpatrick is being extradited from Dyer County, Tenn. back to Calhoun County. He was indicted by a Calhoun County Grand Jury on a murder charge last month.

McVeigh says they were able to find a motive in Deborah's death, but didn't say what that motive was.

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