Albertville woman arrested in connection with Douglas woman's death




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  • 2021-11-24 20:46:18Z
  • By The Gadsden Times

Albertville police arrested a 39-year-old woman Tuesday in connection with the murder of a Douglas woman found dead outside her wrecked vehicle, according to Chief Jamie Smith.

Leslie Kay Sims, 39, of Albertville, was identified as a suspect in the death of Jana Miller Chatman, 32, in recent days, Smith said in a press release. Detectives were able to find her and bring her in for questioning, he said.

"During the questioning, Sims confessed to the killing," the chief said.

At about 6:30 a.m. Nov. 5, Albertville police were called out to a report of a wrecked vehicle. They found a vehicle in a ditch on Dixie Dale Road, and Chatman's body outside it. At the time, Smith said they found shell casings at the scene.

Jana Miller Chatman
Jana Miller Chatman's body was found Nov.  

Sims is the Albertville City Jail and Smith said detectives are still working toward a motive in the incident. He said the department's detective division put many hours into the investigation and did an outstanding job identifying a suspect.

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He said investigators expected to transfer Sims to the custody of the Marshall County Sheriff's Department. Smith later said bond had been set at $1 million.

Contact Gadsden Times reporter Donna Thornton at 256-393-3284 or donna.thornton@gadsdentimes.com.

This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: Albertville police make arrest in death of Jana Miller Chatman

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