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Colbert County murder case sent to grand jury

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TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) -

The case involving a man accused of killing a Colbert County woman and disposing of her remains will go to the grand jury.

Ronald Weems, one of the three suspects charged with killing Amanda Taylor, was in court Tuesday morning.

Investigators found Taylor's remains in November near Gnat Pond Road in Colbert County. Police searched Weems' home in December and found evidence leading them to Taylor's remains.

[Click here to read felony complaint (PDF). WARNING: Complaint contains graphic material]

Ronald Weems showed little emotion as he sat in the court room, facing Amanda Taylor's family and friends.

In fact, he looked down several times as lead investigator Laney Cohen was called to the stand.

Cohen discussed the graphic details surrounding Taylor's death and how Weems and the other suspects are accused of disposing of her body and other belongings.

Weems' attorney did not have much to counter with, but did ask the investigator if officials were aware that Weems suffers from bipolar disorder.      

District attorney said the way Taylor was killed is what has everyone concerned with this trial.

"The disturbing thing, I think, about this case is, and what's so disturbing to the community, is the mutilation of the body. Of course, you know, we all hear about these things; we just don't see a lot of that type thing in this area. Obviously, it's as disturbing to us as it is everybody in the community," said Cohen.

Taylor's family and friends were in court Tuesday morning as well.

They did not want to go on camera but said they are ready to get this trial started and have faith that justice will be served.

A trial date has not yet been set. Officials are still waiting on lab results from several items that were removed from Weems' home on Moss Avenue.

Weems case will now go before a Colbert County grand jury.

Another man connected to the murder, Matthew Fox, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He did not appear in court Tuesday morning.


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