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Couple murdered inside Lawrence County home

By Elizabeth Gentle – bio | email
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TOWN CREEK, AL - A Lawrence County couple is dead after they were found shot to death Sunday.

Neighbors went to check on Bailey and Betty Nichols at their home on County Road 147 in Town Creek, and discovered their bodies inside the home.

The Nichols were well known in the community. Their family and friends are shocked by what's happened, and even moreso by what they say is the motive behind the killings.

Joe Nichols is Bailey's brother.

"Bailey was well-liked in the community, the church," Joe Nichols said.

Lawrence County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Charles Auther Moore and charged him with capital murder. Moore rented a building he used for his businesses from the Nicholses.

"He was behind on his rent," Joe Nichols said. "Bailey, my brother, called him up and told him to pay up or get out. He said, 'I'll be there tomorrow night or tomorrow evening.' He didn't show. He said, 'I'll be there tomorrow morning.' That's when the man came in and shot them both. I guess it was more important for him not to pay the rent or move out than to kill somebody, I guess."

Joe Nichols said it's even more difficult to accept because the murders happened so close to Christmas. During a time when there should be peace on earth and good will to others, he will be saying goodbye to his family.

"Yeah, it's senseless to kill somebody because you don't want to pay them your rent. That's something that can be worked out. You don't have to do something like that," he said.

Investigators went to Moore's home in Colbert County. They found items belonging to the Nichols there.

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