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Murder suspect previously charged with assault against victim

Wanda Ivey's body was found in a trunk in Colbert Co. (Source: Facebook) Wanda Ivey's body was found in a trunk in Colbert Co. (Source: Facebook)
A man who is a suspect in a Colbert County murder was found in Jackson County digging a grave. (Source: WAFF) A man who is a suspect in a Colbert County murder was found in Jackson County digging a grave. (Source: WAFF)
COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A murder suspect is now in custody after being caught digging a shallow grave for a woman's body.

That woman was Wanda Ivey, who was found with two gunshot wounds in Timothy Warhurst's trunk. 

"These are individuals who thrive over power and control over other individuals," Associate Director of Crisis Services of North Alabama Cindy Stewart said.

Stewart is referring to abusers.

In 2015, Warhurst was charged with assault against Ivey. The complaint reads, "Warhurst punched her in the face because she could not come to bed."

The case was dismissed for his "good behavior."

But should it have been?

Stewart said some abusers are required to complete court-ordered battery intervention programs once they're out of jail.

"We have a difficult time in trying to help abusers see this isn't good behavior. Knowing this is against the law, it isn't okay to abuse anyone ever, but a lot of times it's because they haven't been held accountable," Stewart said.

WAFF 48 called the Colbert County District Attorney's office to find out whether or not Warhurst was required to take part in a similar court-ordered program. The DA's assistant said at this time and until the DA has more information, he is not going to talk about it.

Warhurst has not been charged at this time and is being held on an investigative hold at the Colbert County Jail.

Stewart said there are red flags to look for when it comes to abuse.

You should be concerned if a woman is acting more isolated than she normally does; if she feels guilty for spending time with family and friends; and/or if she has less and less access to resources such as paying bills.

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