Victim, offender identified in SW Huntsville ax murder - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Victim, offender identified in SW Huntsville ax murder

Huntsville police say a man was killed on Peel Street. (Source: WAFF) Huntsville police say a man was killed on Peel Street. (Source: WAFF)
(Source: Madison County Jail) (Source: Madison County Jail)
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Police continue to investigate a shocking homicide that took place in southwest Huntsville Thursday night.  

Authorities arrived at the 2700 block of Peel St. near Bob Wallace Ave. after receiving a 911 call from the suspect’s wife.

At the scene they found 63-year-old Robert Bezotte dead, having sustained obvious head trauma. The trauma reportedly from an ax that police have identified as the murder weapon.

Randal Wayne Beard, 56, was quickly identified as the suspect in the murder. Police found him in the front yard of the Bezotte residence, with the body of Mr. Bezotte inside.

On Friday Beard was charged with capital murder.

The murder has left neighbors and those who knew the victim stunned.

"I'm used to shootings, even stabbings around here but an ax but an ax, that's on a whole another level," said Huntsville resident, Timothy Lee.

"People go out different ways but that's a pretty bad way to go out," said Lee.

The victim's family confirm his alleged killer lived with him, but neighbors say they never saw this coming.

"It kind of surprised me when I left for work last night and saw it was full of cops last night," said Lee.

He added, “We just got to get along better, it's getting crazy, you're hearing something every day."

Police say the investigation is ongoing, but authorities believe the killing stemmed from an argument.

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