Investigators believe house fire was murder-suicide

The house fire is believed to have been a murder-suicide according to the Huntsville Police.
Published: Jun. 5, 2022 at 6:27 AM CDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - When Huntsville Police responded just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning on York Road, they found a burning home, with the bodies of 40-year-old Martella Tyler and 43-year-old Justin Tyler inside.

Investigators believe this was a murder-suicide, initiated by Justin Tyler.

“Without the proper interventions, such as therapy, or family therapy, or counseling services in the like, usually it will continue to occur,” said Adde Waggoner with the Crisis Services of North Alabama.

Justin was previously arrested in February and charged with first-degree and third-degree domestic violence for stabbing. It also happened on the same road as Sunday morning’s house fire.

“When we see things escalate to the point of extreme violence, perhaps in murder-suicide or domestic violence homicide, it’s often because that abuser feels like they’ve lost control over their victim, and they have nothing else to lose,” said Waggoner.

She says Alabama has one of the higher per capita rates of domestic violence homicides.

Waggoner says domestic violence is one of the most underreported crimes in the country.

If you or anyone you know is in a domestic violence situation, Crisis Services of North Alabama has resources available.

Authorities said they are still investigating the fire.

A juvenile was removed from the house and treated at a hospital for non life-threatening injuries. The juvenile is in the care of family members.

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