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Man found guilty of killing own father, sentencing next year

Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 11:26 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 at 9:37 PM CST
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JACKSON CO. Ala. (WAFF) - A Jackson County man was convicted on Wednesday of murdering his own father.

For more than a week, dozens of witnesses, and investigators took the stand and gave their testimonies in the murder trial of Bryon Shirey. After two days of deliberations, the jury returned a guilty verdict.

Byron killed his father Charles Shirey four years ago in his kitchen, after striking him multiple times with an object. That same day, investigators said that Byron went to a bank and transferred $50,000 into his account from his father’s account.

Byron told investigators that because he and his father both farmed together, the money was also his.

Account statements also revealed that Byron was in hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and wanted his father to help him, but he was told no.

That’s the motive defense attorney Jason Pierce said is why Byron killed his father. He said he and the family are now happy that justice was served.

“It was a long, difficult trial. The jurors had a lot of evidence to sort through, financial records, photos, and very difficult photos to look at, and we are very grateful that they reached the verdict that they did. The sheriff’s department did an outstanding job, and the murder occurred in 2017, and he wasn’t indicted until 2019, and I know the family is very grateful, said Pierce.

Byron will remain in custody at the Jackson County Jail until he is sentenced on January 6.

The state argued first in court that Byron Shirey was about to lose everything he had after bank and check statements showed he was in hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

They believe he went to his father, 78-year-old Charles Shirey, for financial help and his father was not willing to help him.

On May 24, 2017, Charles was brutally murdered on his kitchen floor after being hit 18 times in the head with an object and at least 17 times on his right arm and side.

His son, Byron discovered him and called 911. The same day of his father’s murder, prosecutors said Byron went to First Southern Bank in Rainsville and transferred $50,000 into his account from his father’s joint account.

Byron told investigators that he had an agreement with his father that he could have access to the money because they were both farmers and shared it.

State attorneys also showed phone records between Byron and Charles leading up to Charles’s death.

Documents showed that Byron talked to his father 27 times before May 24, but he placed no calls to his father on the day of his murder.

His defense attorneys said criminal investigators took hundreds of photos at the crime scene, but Bryon wasn’t in any of their photos.

They also said Byron went to several businesses, and investigators did not check their surveillance video to verify his alibi.

Investigators added Byron’s footprints were on the scene, which isn’t a surprise since it was his dad’s home. But they found no blood on his clothes-his attorneys also suggested that two people may have been responsible because of the extent of Charle’s injuries.

Deliberations will resume Wednesday, November 10 at 8:30 a.m.

The trial began on Tuesday for a man accused of killing his father in Dutton in 2017.

On May 24, 2017, The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was called to County Road 372 in Dutton.

Byron Keith Shirey called 911 and stated that he had found his father, 78-year-old Charles Shirey, covered in blood and dead inside his home.

Investigators arrested Byron, which they alleged he killed his father. The cause of death was blunt force trauma, according to investigators. He was released in 2019 on a $250,000 bond.

During opening statements in court, prosecutors stated that Byron wrote checks from his father’s account the day of his murder and weeks after.

The defense argued that it was a joint account.

The 911 call was played during court, and you can hear Byron on the call stating that his father needed an ambulance after he found him on the floor.

Two Jackson County investigators who responded to the scene also took the stand.

The trial will resume on Wednesday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m., and more witnesses are expected to take the stand.

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