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Alabama Department of AGENT I NVESTIGATIVE SUI!1MARY ABI-1 (4-87) PUBLIC SAFETY ALABAMA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Alabama Department of
AGENT I NVESTIGATIVE SUI!1MARY
ABI-1 (4-87)
PUBLIC SAFETY
ALABAMA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
I.SUBJECT
2. FILE NUMBER
1C.-O470-O9-?O10
FINAL SUMMARY
3. DATE OF REPORT
4.SENSITIVITY CODE
07-09-1 0
A
õ. DETAILS
OnTuesday, Aprrl 2T,20l0,theMadisonCountySheriffsOfficereguestedtheassistanceoftheAlabamaBureauof
County
Deputies
lnvestigation in conducting
arrived at 1'13 Buckridge
an investigation into events that occurred on April 18,2010. Madison
Drive in Hazel Green, Alabama to find JASON LEE EARLS holding his wife TELISHA
LEANNE EARLS at
revealed.
gunpoint ABI Corporal RODNEY KNIGHT was g¡ven the case and the following information was
MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY JEFF MALONE'S STATEMENT OF EVENTS
Madison County Sherifls Deputy GEORGE WALLACE MALONE (JEFF) was the first offlcer to arrive at tbe address
AccordingtoMALONE,thegaragedoorwasupandaTVoninthegarage
MALONEstatedheknewitwaswhere
the EARLS lived when he arrived. MALONE stated he walked into the
garage and noticed the TV was a monitor and
not a W. MALONE stated he (J EARLS) wasn't in there but noticed a boom box playing music MALONE then heard
screaming coming from inside the house. MALONE walked up to the door and knocked with no response MALONE
statedhecouldhearthemscreamingandcouldtell
itwasgettinglouder. MALONEagainknockedbutwithno
answer. MALO
r several times
--a-ñd[ñõn-ñeãrij
õoilellnow-- -
ihey're here". MALONE was advising EARLS itwas hÌmto open the door. MALONE stated a couple seconds after
that he heard the lock on the door rattle, the door opens and EARLS is standing there MALONE stated EARLS had a
gun pointed straight at him. MALONE stated he stood there and EARLS said" Malone'. MALONE then told EARLS tp
gun doWrt EARLS dropped the gùn down to his side whilê MALONE ietreatedlfor cover near a large tree.
þut.tlto
MALONE stated he looked back and J.EARLS was walking outside with T EARLS in a head lockwith a gun to her
head,
MALONE stated the EARLS' came down the steps and o
MALONE stated there were a few times J.EARLS was pushing the gun so hard against her head that she would
move in orderto get some relief. J.EARLS would only cinch her up tighter. MALONE stated itwas like he (J EARLS)
was possessed that night. J.EARLS would tell T EARLS to stop moving
or he was going to kill her. MALONE stated
arrives
approximately two or tñree minutes passed and Deputy DAVERSA
PRQPERTY 0F
MALONE stated at one point he pulled his gun up and was
afraid J.EARLS was going to kill her or someone else. MAL
MALONE stated he thought if I try this shot and I hit her tha
t
asn't
(EARLF|
late
.¿
going to attempt to make the shot. MALONE stated they
to
MALONE stated he was planning on slipping up behind J.EARLS
run up to them and as he's mov¡ng he switches hands with his gun and flashlight and hits the magazine release.
8 REVI EWEO BY
6. NAME oF AGENI (Pr€fix, FlGt ff¡ddle, Last, suffix)
Sgt. WILLIAM K DONALDSON
Corporal RODNEY S. KNIGHT
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AGENT INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY Alabama Department of ABI-1 (4-87) PUBLIC SAFETY BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 2. FILE
AGENT INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY
Alabama Department of
ABI-1 (4-87)
PUBLIC SAFETY
BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
2. FILE NUMBER
l.SUBJECT
1 C-0470-09-201 0
FINAL SUMMARY
öthinkstohimself!'l!mgoing
MAL9NEstatedheheardthesoundof
hiscliphittingtheground,ashelooksdowna
,iä."ãJlriiil'
MALoNE
n¡ÄióÑr
.tio¡t
stopped
and
picked ihe ctip"up uña
back into his.sun
shot, and his
111'-n9"tltl::J
.
"uTu
buddies were there
so MALoNE
and then heard the
,h"t.î;ÄiõñË;iJt";h¿funl*i '"i¡.rnnrc1had
stated he did what he thought he had to do.'
of him (J EARLS). MALONE stated he f red three to
ame around the Jeep
T'EARLS)when
he shòt MALONE stated he knèw
stated he couldn't't re
s
MALONE stated he didn't see J.EARLS shoot
but didn,t rememþer
shotS.
tell
e froml MALONE stated he saw J.EARLS left side
et away
and could
when he came around the
Jãep. MALONE stated when he heard the gun shot, he engaged within a second
AUTOPSY REPORTS
The EARLS' were both struck by projectiles during the gunfire.
J.EARLS passed away on scene whlle T'EARLS was
at2.55am. The EARLS' bodies were transported to the
dead
transported to Huntsville Hospitåt anã w", pronoùnced
Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for
forensic autops¡es. According to State Medical Examiner EMILY
the lumbarvertebra. J
Alabama Department
to Dr
head. According
The projectiles removed from J'EARLS were sentto
s. T.EARLS cause of death was gunshot wound of the
t wound to the head, abrasions and contusions of the
S was shot a total of q#p (1 ) timè The projectile removed
contusions
hands and
from T.EARLS was sent to the Alabama DepaÉment of Forensic s"tç,ngçF. Jgr.fl,t:-9-?{msÆOaly.s+T*'-*-.-
TOXICOLOGY REPORT
of J.EARLS blood and urine were submitted to the Alaba#re.¡Olþ
A sample
Alabama of analysis. Forensic Scientist KELLY M WOOD perform(dltheffilysis-
concluded from the test.
Evidence analyzed
(includin g su b-items)
Item
Specimen
AnalYte
101
chest
Result
o 27O gl100ml
Blood,
Ethanol
101
Blood, chest
Drugs
ND
A sample of T.EARLS
blood and urine were submitted to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Hoover,
Forensic Scientist REBEKAH BOSELL performed the analysis. The following results were
Alabama of analysis.
concluded from the test.
PROPERTY OF
BUREAU OF INVESTIGAIION
Evidence analyzed (includin g su b-items)
^
COPYTO
^
-ALABAMA
Item
t
Specimen
Analyte
Result
Blood, chest
Ethanol
Negative
FURNISH
111
Phentermine
ND
111
Blood, chest
DATE
8. REVIEWEO
BY
6. NAME OF AGENT (Prelix, F¡rst, Middlo, Lêsl, sufix)
Sgt. WILLIAM K DONALDSON
Corporal RODNEY S. KNIGHT
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Alabama Department of AGENT I NVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY ABI-1 (4-87) PUBLIC SAFEry BUREAU OF I NVESTIGATION
Alabama Department of
AGENT I NVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY
ABI-1 (4-87)
PUBLIC SAFEry
BUREAU OF I NVESTIGATION
l.SUBJECT
2. FILE NUMBER
FINAL SUMMARY
1 C-0470-09-20 1 0
HT received a copy of the firearms/ tool marks analysrs
s The report was the result of evidence submitted by the
ecovered from eai' containing one (1) white paper fold
g autopsy from T EARLS.
Comparisons were requested between ltems 1J (projectile removed from T,EARLS) in Case 10HV02965 to ltem 3A
(DepuÇ MALONE'S Firearm) in Case 10HV02966.
Results and Observation s:
Item 1J the ftred_bpllet, is consistent with .40 caliber class bullets loaded in .40 Smith and Wesson/10 mm Auto
caliber cartridges.
'
Item
1J¡[pmiecfle-remove.dJro@rcWtrthe_bare]_oJllemjAJtre_SmLtb_a¡d_W_e_s_s_ol_pß_t_o]
(Deputy MALONE'S Firearm) (Case 10HV02966) ,.
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.-.:-:ji:::;!¡,,:;.?3:
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Items 1P, 1Q, 1R, and 1S, the fired bullets removed from J.E,ffþ
MALONE'S Firearml
i
e þarrel of ltem 3A (Deputy
MCSO DEPUTY GEORGE WALLACE'JEFF' MALONEé O:UIY.WSAPON/AMMO COUÑï
On Sunday, April 18, 201 0, Madison County Deputy GEORGE WALLACE MALONE turned in his fìrearm for analysis
after he was involved in an on duty shooting. The Smith& Wesson Model MP40 pistol Serial Number MRA971B along
with 9live rounds was submitted to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for testing on
0412012010 by Madison County lnvestigatorJASON MCMINN
On Sunday, April 18, 2010, Deputy MALONE fired his duty weapon after J. EARLS held his wife T. EARLS hostage
during a domestic dispute. Deputy MALONE stated during an interview with Corporals KNIGHT and ANDY JONES
that he fired four rounds during the exchange. MALONE added that while he advanced closer to J.EARLS he
swrtched hands with his flash light and gun causing him to hitthe magazine release on his firearm. MALONE stated
his magazine struck the concrete causing
a single
round
to eject. MALONE stated he left the live round on the
ground
magazine
reinserting
it into his firea
from
d the four rounds ending the ordeal.
car, later showing it to supervisors o
given to ABI for evidence storage.
he front
AccordingtoMALoNEandMCSoSergeantBRlANCHAFE[B$tsÀEp"FJ,ffi,.o,.
DATE =--
On 1212712010, MALONE filled out an MCSO Miscellaneous Report Form stating the dìscharging of his firearm to eñd
the suffering of a deer that had been struck by a vehicle. MALONE stated during the interview with ABI that he never
replaced the round with a live round leaving himwith 44total rounds of ammunitioÀ. Two magaz¡nes with 'l 5 rourids
each and one magazine in hisweapon with thirteen rounds and one live round chambered in his weapoh.
6. NAI!{E OF AGENT (Profìx, First Middle, Last, Suff¡x)
--r2¿--
SIGNATURE
OFAGENT
7.
./
ß. REVIEWEO BY
Corporal RODNEY S. KNIcHT
Sgt. WILLIAM K DONALDSON
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Alabama Department of AGENT INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY ABr-1 (4-87) PUBLIC SAFEry BUREAU OF I NVESTIGATION l.SUBJEGT
Alabama Department of
AGENT INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY
ABr-1 (4-87)
PUBLIC SAFEry
BUREAU OF I NVESTIGATION
l.SUBJEGT
2 FILE NUMBER
FINAL SUMMARY
1C-0470-09-2010
OnFriday, April 30,201 0, ABI conducted a searchwarrantatthe residence of 113 Buckridge Drive (site of incident)
in Hazel Green. During the search, a spent 40 calibershell
casing was located nearwhere
the four origrnal casings
werelocated.Thecasingwassubmittedtoforensicsforcomparisori'wittithosepreviouslycollected.
ì
with the addition of the located round, the previous statement.of-being'a
round.ph-oÏ
was
questioned to the additional
round and his certainty
of havìng
only 44;õüñdäãfti'"!
""'"*'öffi
stated he'
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The initial crime scene was processed on April 18, 2010, by members of t-he Madison
County Crime Scene unit
Deputy MALONE'S Smith and Wesson Model MP40 40 Caliber pistol along with J.EARLS Taurus Model PT709 gmmr
was collected and sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for analysis. Other pieces of evidentiary
items were collected including
four'(4)
sþent 40 caliber
spent Speer shell casings, five (5) spent 9mm shell casings
andabloodswapfromthefrontporchoftheresidence
TheseitemsweresenttotheAlabamaDepartmentof
F¡re¡sic-SciencesJoraaalysisfæ.Uowing-fhe-intfial4rocessing-of-the-crime-sceae-by--ù/adrsoruCourtyJhe-sceae-was-_
opened to family and several items were removed from the house and garage
On Fnday, April 30,2010, ABI Corporal KN|GHTobtained a searchwarrantto reenterthe residence at 113 Buckridge
Drive in HazelGreen, Alabama ABlAgents KNlcHT, BRADLEY RENFROE,
ANDY JONES, and TERRy
THOMAS
along with members of the Madison County Crime Scene Unit executed the search warrant and re-examined the
crime scene. While at the scene, Corporal RENFROE entered the attached garage and located ltÉm'#1.ä 3pêñt'40
caliber shell casjng approximately 2.8' from west wall and 7. 'from garage door The shell casing was collected and
sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic sciences in Hoover for analysis
lnsidethe residence, itappeared to be three total projectile paths in the general area of the doors.,one rounäl
appeared to go through the door and into the molding of
the closet. Two additional rounds appeared to go into the
door frame. ltem# 2 'spent projecfile" was collected aI 1.07 p.m.
by
Corporal
RENFROE from door frame at
approximately '1 '9' up from floor. ltem# 3 "spent project-rÎe" was collected at 1'.25 pm by Corporal RENFROE from
wall inside bedroom at approximately 2' up from floor The remaining
spent
projectililwas not collected due to it
entering a load bearing wall and possible damage tothe integrity of the room. Ánadditional possible spent projectile
entered the
ceiling approximately 1'9" from wall and 2'1" frofn south side of doorway was noted and photographed but
not collected.
pROþFRTY 0t
Madison County Crime Scene Units searched the yard and e
evidence related to the event. Agents also searched
neighbo
evidentiary yalue were tocated
outside the resídence.r
FURNISfìED BY _
'J:ÉARLS fiiearrh was collected with a spent shell casinq stililnþ,iîädhe
firearm(no
io'óate.liny evidence of the gun being fired outside
*ur""rnrr".BtÀhrf:'--
INTERVIEWS
Madison County Deputies along with Reserve Deputìes that responded to the call were interviewed concernìng their
recollection of the events
6. NAME OF AGENT (Prel¡x, FiE! M¡ddle, Last, Sutr¡x)
B. REVIEWEO
BY
Corporal RODNEY S. KNIGHT
Sgt WILLIAM K DONALDSON
9.
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Alabama Department of AGENT INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY ABr-1 (4-87) PUBLIC SAFETY BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION l.SUBJECT 2.
Alabama Department of
AGENT INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY
ABr-1 (4-87)
PUBLIC SAFETY
BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
l.SUBJECT
2. FILE NUMBER
FINAL SUMMARY
1C-0470-09-2010
Madison County Sherifl"s
Sergeant Deputy BRIAN JEFFREY CHAFFIN
: I once had a lot ottã¡r-¡n fo;ensicg'-
but now I don't.
I believe they
e what I saw wit
time and when something
in my heart 110o/o I don't
like
I am not
hiding
n
belie
shot her. Either
their evidence mixed up or whoever tested the projectile in her head made a mìstake. We all make mistakes¡ I feel
thatthere is no possibleway he could have shot herfromwhere he was standing. I know itdidn't happen thalway
Corporal KNIGHT asked CHAFFIN whether or not he saw a muzzle flash come from EARLS'
weapon.
CHAFFIN
r
statedlneversawaflash.fromanygun,notevenMALONEs
lhavetalkedtoacoupleofpeopleaboutthat.
lhave
seen people kill themselves and have always seen a muzzleflash
l
lay down
every nightwondering
why I didn't see
amuzzle'llash lsawherhair,thegasesmoveherhair.Corporal
KN|GHTaskedCHAFFlNifthefirstshotkilledher
and CHAFFIN stated "yes",
Madison County Sherifls Deputy DENNIS DOMINICK DAVERSA stated they moved in closer (after the
EARLS feil)
and remembers EARLS raising his hand (DAVERSA
believes itwas J.EARLS left hand with the qun jn it) and his
volce raise. DAVERSA stated to himself 'Oh Shit lt's about to happen''. EARLS
screamed something
and then the
srrot uAvl:¡(sA-srÉIlefltre--ücrn'Î
see_ailJzzle_Ìlash_co¡æl¡o,r¡J
EAfiLs3u.D.rDÁ_Vf!_s_a_slaje!_a_lt-e_r_thelircfshot
there was a pause and he heard her (T EARLS) moan or grunt DAVERSA then heard the remaining shots J EARaS
was still falling when DAVERSA got to him. DAVERSA was confident the first shot fìred struck T.EARLS.
Madison County
Sherifls Deputy JUSTIN ADAM WATSON stated he heard one shot and a distinct pause then
maybe a second ortwo,
then the remaining shots. WATSON stated he had timeto rise up and get him in the sights,
then heard MALONE shoot,
There were four or five shots after the inÍtial shot WATSON stated he.didn't observ:e any
muzzle flash from the shots.
CorporalJONES questioned WATSON as the positioning of the EARTS
the top of her (T.EARLS) was parallel or above to the top of J EARLS
to be a pretty good shot not to hit her. WATSON stated it was a possibil
E could 'have hit her. r
WATSON stated that's what he
was wondering when I went to shoot:that spilt second MALONE was in my path he
shoJ and
I'm thrnKing
I hope
she's
dead because I had already seen her go limp.
Jþe
angle MALONE wai at, it's
very*,
likelyhecouldhavehitherorÍl(bullet)
goesthroughEARLSandiitsner
to¡On'ts"u"nymuzzleflashbuilseen
MALONE shooting.
WATSON stated afrerthe fact he was wondering ¡f MALONE could have
hit he¡. lwas thinking in my mind that I coutd
have hit hertooi I heard the shot and looked up and she goes lifeless, she
was struggling, struggling
and then
nothing. WATSON stated he thought abouttaking a shot butwas afraid he would ni[ñer. WnfSON.t.t"O whoe\r_er
ifrii:Jx::íiåli#å*"#åJ:Î)Jtated she went rimp after the first shotÉ rhe. ?HðRrffç not five seconds
ALABAMA BURTAU OF INVESTIGATION
CorporalKN|GHTasked Madison County Reserye Deputy
OODY $ûPHR@ LOCKE if hewas one hundred percent
sure he saw a muzzle flash from J.EARLS gun. LOCKE sta
percent sure the first shot struck the female because she w
starts to get up and MALONE came around and shot him. I
around. Afterthe shot, fouradditional rounds were shot, LCCKE stated he couldn't countthe time between the first
shot and the additional four.
6 NAME OF AGENT (Pref¡r, FirsÊ M¡ddte, Last, Sufl¡x)
TURE OF AGE
8. REVIEWED BY
Corporal RODNEY S. KNtcHT
Sgt WILLIAM K DONALDSON
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AGENT I NVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY Alabama Department of ABr-1 (4-87) PUBLIC SAFETY BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ,l.SUBJECT
AGENT I NVESTIGATIVE
SUMMARY
Alabama Department of
ABr-1 (4-87)
PUBLIC SAFETY
BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
,l.SUBJECT
2. FILE NUMBER
FINAL SUMMARY
1C-0470-09-2010
Officers interviewed were consistent in the first shot that was f¡red hit T.EARLS. Also, no recollection of muzzle flash?
Trom J.EARLS gun was remem-bered'*¡t¡, t¡'. exceptlon of LOCKE LOCKE later ãcknowledged that he wasn't suie{f
hes'ar;ûany.or-not.'
A copy of the investigative file will be given to the DistrictAttorneyto be brought before the Madison County Grand
Jury for consideratio n.
PROPIRIY OF
AIABAI¡A BURTAU CF INVESTIGATION
COPY ï(')
FUFiä::ltiiû r¡i
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6 NAIIE OFAGENI(Profir, Fir6t Midd16, La6t, Súff¡x)
8. RÊVI EWED BY
Corporal RODNEY S. KNIGHT
Sgt WILLIAM K DONALDSON
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