IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — 42-year-old Melinda Searight was pronounced dead on the scene after being found unresponsive on her bedroom floor. Her three daughters were home at the time of her death.
Anthony Kelly is now charged with murder in the death of Searight.
According to officials, investigators now say Searight was fatally shot in the head at least once, and was not beat to death as police and family originally believed.
The suspect in the death of 42-year-old Melinda Searight turned himself in about 6 p.m. to the Jefferson County Jail. He bonded out of jail Saturday evening on a $50,000 bond
Searight was killed Friday morning, Detective Mangina said
Searight was dating the suspect, police said.
Police are investigating Searight’s death as a homicide, and not a random act. They say it was domestic related.
Irondale police are searching for a person of interest in connection with the murder of Melinda Searight.
According to Det. Mangina, the person of interest picked up murder suspect Anthony Kelly after Searight was shot in the head and killed in her home on April 22. Police and family initially believed she was beaten to death, but later determined she was fatally shot.
The car the person of interest was driving is a black Nissan 350z, 2002-2009. They believe the subject may live in the Edwards Lake Road area. Investigators want to talk to this person. If you know this person, you’re asked to call the Irondale Police at 205-956-5990 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.