Investigators: Fingerprint, video evidence point to double murder suspect

Published: Jan. 6, 2016 at 10:46 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2016 at 12:10 AM CST
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MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A single fingerprint is the key piece of evidence in a Marshall County double murder trial that is heading for a grand jury.

Investigators testified in Wednesday's preliminary hearing for Jeffrey McKelvey that they interviewed upwards of 50 people for nearly three weeks with no real break in the case.

That is, until State Bureau of Investigation officials called them and said that the fingerprint on the front door of the crime scene was a match.

McKelvey was led into the courtroom Wednesday amid high security.

He's charged with the murders of Denie and Pam Tucker at their Tucker Farm home in the Asbury community back in September.

Investigators testified they found the bodies lying on their backs at the foot of the bed both with gunshot wounds: Denie, once in the back; Pam three times in her chest and arm.

Investigator Cory Brown testified money and jewelry had been stolen.

Officials believe a .40-caliber weapon was used, but have not confirmed a murder weapon.

The defendant and the victim did not know one another, officials said, but it was a recent chance encounter in a scam for money that investigators say later became a murder.

Investigators said they learned McKelvey asked for money from the Tuckers at a Cullman Cracker Barrel restaurant, saying his daughter's car broke down and he forgot his wallet.

Testimony also revealed Denie Tucker gave McKelvey his business card with his address, as he promised to repay the $60 Denie gave him.

Investigators testified they later learned unique jewelry owned by Pam Tucker was pawned by McKelvey at a Birmingham pawn shop - a transaction which was captured on video.

"This is a wonderful case to see how circumstantial evidence can come together to be able to establish, at least for today's purposes, probable cause," said Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall. "Between forensics with fingerprints, between what we were able to obtain from video and other evidence... we believe we've painted a picture and the judge accepted that there is probable cause that this crime was committed."

The judge approved a motion to obtain a handprint of McKelvey as they attempt to try to connect him with a possible murder weapon.

The case is expected to go before a grand jury in February.

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