Sheriff’s officials have received the results of ballistics testing in the case of a Phenix City woman fatally shot after a domestic dispute last spring.
Tammy Danielle Wade, 28, was found shot in the head in her bathroom last April after an argument with her husband, Edward “Bubba” Wade.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said some evidence indicated a self-inflicted shooting, but he ruled the manner of death undetermined.
“Based on all the circumstances, I’m not convinced that it was an outright suicide,” Harris said.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said the ballistics tests will be forwarded to prosecutors and likely presented to a grand jury in the coming months.
“We’ll see what they say,” Jones said of the grand jury, which will determine whether to hand down any indictments.
The investigation has been pending since the early morning hours of April 2, 2011, when authorities found Tammy Wade dead inside the couple’s Lee Road 597 home. Neighbors told investigators they’d heard shouting followed by gunfire.
Sheriff’s officials recovered two 9mm handguns inside the residence. Edward Wade, 29, admitted striking his wife in the face the day before the fatal shooting, Jones said.
According to court records, the couple began arguing at a Columbus night club after Edward Wade saw his wife talking with another man. The fight continued inside their Phenix City home, where Edward Wade reportedly pointed a gun at his chest and threatened to shoot himself.
Authorities have said the couple’s two children were not home at the time of the shooting.
Edward Wade has since pleaded guilty to the assault and was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine. Court filings show he also was ordered to spend two days in jail.
Edward Wade didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.