A northeast Alabama man is charged in the weekend strangling death of his girlfriend, authorities said.
Christopher Lee Snow, a 33-year-old from Crossville, is held in the DeKalb County jail with bail set at $250,000 cash only, according to the sheriff’s office. Snow is accused of killing his 31-year-old girlfriend Melissa Nicole Waldrep, authorities said.
Deputies and emergency medical workers were called to a home in the Painter community early Saturday morning. Snow had called to report that his girlfriend was unresponsive, said DeKalb County sheriff’s spokesman Tyler Pruett in a news release.
“A preliminary autopsy in the case showed the cause of death to be strangulation,” the news release states.
“I’d like to commend our investigators on another job well done in quickly resolving this case,” said Sheriff Nick Welden. “It’s unfortunate that they’ve had to deal with yet another murder investigation this weekend.”
Waldrep’s slaying happened just a week after DeKalb County deputies investigated the strangling death of 11-year-old Amberly Barnett. In Barnett’s slaying, 33-year-old Christopher Madison is charged with capital murder.
“Incidents involving violence are always a top priority to our investigative team,” Welden said in a statement. “Those that take the life of another will be held accountable.”