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Family mourns mother's slaying as estranged husband appears in court

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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - A judge set bail Tuesday for the suspect in a Lauderdale County slaying as the family of the victim talked about the young mother who died.

Lauderdale County prosecutors said Hollie Newbury was shot and killed by her common-law husband Christopher Rich during an argument Monday morning at a residence on Highway 17 in northern Lauderdale County.

The Newbury family told WAFF 48 News that Hollie was a loving mother who would do anything for her 1-year-old and 6-year-old children.

"I don't honestly know what I'm going to do without her," said an emotional Glenn Newbury, who still has a hard time believing his 24-year-old granddaughter is gone.

"I'm too confused over everything," he said.

Authorities said the McDonald's manager and mother of two was fatally shot in the face by Rich, her common-law husband, in the middle of an argument Monday at Rich's grandmothers house.

"She'd give her life for those kids," said Glenn Newbury. "I guess maybe that's what she did."

Rich was captured shortly after the slaying in the parking lot of the Lauderdale County Courthouse. Investigators said he was planning to flee to Mexico before his capture.

A judge set Rich's bond at $1 million on Tuesday.

The Newbury family said one day after the murder, they're still searching for answers.

"I don't know why this had to happen, but I guess its something we'll have to live with," Glenn Newbury said.

The family said the memory of Hollie Newbury will live on in her two children and they hope justice is served during Rich's murder trial sometime next year.

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