Lauderdale County Sheriff: Florence man, woman dead in domestic murder-suicide on Arnold Lane

Investigators with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office are looking into the deaths of two people at a home on Arnold Lane in Lauderdale County on Thursday.
Published: Apr. 6, 2023 at 6:56 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2023 at 6:03 PM CDT
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LAUDERDALE Co., Ala. (WAFF) - Two people were found dead in an Arnold Lane home in Lauderdale County on Thursday. The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office have deemed the deaths as part of a domestic murder-suicide.

At 5 p.m. on April 6, deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive female at a home on Arnold Lane near Co. Rd. 7. After deputies arrived, an unresponsive male was located in a shed on the same property. According to Sheriff Joe Hamilton, evidence gathered on the scene included notes, letters and a handgun.

In the notes, he asked for forgiveness before committing the act.

Investigators say the female was shot and killed by the male and the male died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The male and female were considered to be in a common law marriage and the case has been ruled a murder-suicide.

Sheriff Hamilton identified the female as Virginia McDougal, age 40 of Florence. The male was identified as Dwayne Pigg, age 58 of Florence.

Dwayne Pigg.
Dwayne Pigg.(Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office)

Court records show Pigg had a history of domestic violence.

In 2021, McDougal filed for protection from abuse against her husband, but later had the protection dismissed in order to co-parent with their child in 2022.

The bodies were taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to conduct autopsies.

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