Suspect’s bond reduced in murder of missing Elmore county woman

Suspect’s bond reduced in murder of missing Elmore county woman
The bond for a suspect in the murder of a missing Elmore County woman has been reduced. (Source: Elmore County Sheriff's Office)

ELMORE COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - The bond for a suspect in the 2016 disappearance and murder of an Elmore County woman has been reduced.

Thomas Whitehurst, 65, is charged with the murder of his live-in ex-wife, Kimberly Starr Mulder. He is accused of shooting her before leaving her body in the Conecuh National Forest in Covington County.

Court records say Whitehurst’s bond has been reduced to $250,000 cash . He was initially placed in the county jail under a $1 million bond, but his attorney argued the amount was excessive, saying Whitehurst had no prior criminal record.

Mulder disappeared in June 2016. Her remains were found in the forest in early 2020 and positively identified in March.

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