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Opelika man found murdered in home

An Opelika man was found Tuesday morning fatally shot inside his home off Alabama Highway 51.

The body of James Heard, 57, was discovered about 10:15 a.m. in the bedroom of his home at 11232 Alabama Highway 51, said Opelika Police Capt. Allan Elkins.

Lee County Coroner Gene Manning pronounced Heard dead at 11:20 a.m.

Police are investigating the death as a murder. It appears he was shot multiple times in the upper torso.

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