Man gets plea deal in capital murder of Marshall County couple

Updated: Aug. 15, 2016 at 9:25 PM CDT
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MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Prosecutors have revealed the motive behind the shooting deaths of a Marshall County couple last year. One of the suspects has pleaded guilty.

Henry Martin Pyle, 54, pleaded guilty to murder on Monday and was given a life sentence. He and his codefendant, Jeffrey McKelvey, were originally charged with five counts of capital murder for the shooting and robbery of Denie and Pam Tucker.

Prosecutors said they went there to rob the couple because McKelvey needed money to pay court ordered fines and restitution.

Pyle told the court he stole rifles that were sold later to drug dealers and jewelry which was later melted down and sold.

The state dismissed the capital charges against Pyle in exchange for his testimony against McKelvey, who they believe was the triggerman.

"It is our intention to seek death against Mr. McKelvey and Mr. Pyle's testimony will allow us to be able to fill in some of the gaps that would otherwise be missing just in the nature of the case itself and I think the factual evidence as well as Mr. Pyle's testimony presents a very compelling case for us to be able to seek death relating to Mr. McKelvey," said Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall.

McKelvey is expected to be arraigned on his capital murder charges next month.

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