Man charged with murder after police find wife's body in Fort Payne

Man charged with murder after police find wife's body in Fort Payne
Police responded to the call early Monday morning. (Source: WAFF)
Police responded to the call early Monday morning. (Source: WAFF)

FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) - Fort Payne police are investigating the murder of a medical care worker at the hands of her husband.

Gregory Bradford Scott is charged with the murder of his wife Ashley Lynn Scott. Investigators said they found the 25-year-old dead inside her apartment on 9th Street in Fort Payne.

Both people were Emergency Medical Technicians serving in a line of work to save lives.

Police responded to a tip and a welfare check at this home around 4 a.m. Monday morning.

That's when they found Ashley's body in a back bedroom.

Neighbors said they heard what they thought to be firecrackers after 1 a.m. but now believe those to be gunshots.

Officials confirmed Ashley was an EMT at DeKalb Ambulance Service since September 2015 and Gregory served as a part-time EMT there since this past February.

Neighbors said they've heard the couple argue on a weekly basis.

Police said it's a case of domestic violence.

"There was a previous report filed on Friday afternoon of an incident of domestic violence directed towards Ms. Scott and he was the suspect in that case also," said Fort Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum.

The Scott's young children are now with other family members.

Gregory Scott is being held pending bond being set by a judge.

Officials at the DeKalb Ambulance Service issued the following statement:

Today we are reminded that tragedy has no boundaries as we were awakened by the terrible news of the death of Ashley Scott. We at DeKalb Ambulance Service are accustom to dealing with death as it's just part of what we do as medical professionals. The shock of Ashley's death being so sudden, at a young age, is immeasurable. This tragedy leaves us reeling and searching for understanding and also wondering in disbelief searching for answers as to why? I am certain that we will never have the answers or the understanding. However, DeKalb Ambulance Service as a family will mourn, but we will be strengthened by our memories of Ashley. Unfortunately, she wasn't the only victim. Two families and a host of friends remain to deal with this tragedy. We offer our prayers to Ashley's family and especially her precious children.

Ashley Scott was a full-time EMT with DeKalb Ambulance since September 2015. Mr. Greg Scott was a part-time EMT since February 2016.

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