A Russell County woman who was cheating on her boyfriend shot him and beat him with a dumbbell Saturday after he confronted her about the secret affair, officials said Tuesday.
Belinda Williams, 34, has been charged with the homicide of Anterio Derran Wynn, Sheriff Heath Taylor said during an afternoon news conference.
A friend found the 32-year-old Wynn Monday evening in the bedroom of his Lamb Road home near Salem. No one had heard from the victim for several days, Taylor said.
Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. pronounced Wynn dead at 11:30 p.m., five hours after the body was discovered.
Williams and Wynn had been dating on-and-off for two years, but Williams moved out of the house a few weeks earlier, Taylor said.
“During interviews, the family told us the two had an argumentative history,” Taylor said. No prior reports of domestic violence between the couple were filed with police.
Led by Investigator Cory Jones, police tracked down Wynn’s family in Lee County. They later located Williams’ car in Auburn, before finally apprehending her in Russell County.
During questioning, 34-year-old Williams confessed to shooting Wynn in the back, Taylor said. The argument began when Wynn accused Williams of dating another man — which later turned out to be true.
In a moment of “lost control,” Williams repeatedly beat Wynn with a 10-pound dumbbell after shooting him, she reportedly told investigators. Her descriptions matched with the head and body wounds found during an autopsy performed in Birmingham.
Williams then enlisted her boyfriend’s help to hide the evidence, the sheriff said. The two dumped the .45 caliber pistol used to shoot Wynn in a Seale pond. Law enforcement dive teams are still working to locate the weapon.
Williams’ boyfriend has not been named or charged, Taylor said.
“He is being treated as a witness,” he said. “We’re going to keep him out of this for now.”
Taylor said Wynn’s family aided Russell County deputies throughout the investigation.
“Certainly we are sorry for Mr. Wynn’s loss and for his family,” Taylor said. “I spoke with the mother last night and told her I hope we can bring some closure for her.”
Wynn’s death marks the second Russell County homicide in 2014.
Sayquawn Lamer Wiggins, 19, died of multiple gunshot wounds on Feb. 19 in the cemetery of New Hope Baptist Church in Cottonton, Ala., off Highway 165.
Antonio Darcet King, 44, Santago Montrell Davis, 32, and Ryan Desean Brown, 23, were later arrested in connection with the homicide. Two of the suspects were Wiggins’ uncles — King by blood and Davis by marriage.
According to Ledger-Enquirer reports, King was connected to four previous homicides. Both King and Brown were wearing GPS ankle bracelets during the time of the shooting.