September 20, 2020

Police say this Alabama man shot a woman to death while her child watched

A Troy, Alabama, man has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Troy woman at Poplar Hills Mobile Home Park Thursday night.

Troy police responded to the report of a shooting at the mobile home park at approximately 9:50 p.m. Thursday and found Melissa Lenny Pelton, 30, dead inside her residence.

Michael Deramus Walker Sr., 36, was arrested shortly after the incident and has been charged with capital murder in Pelton’s death. Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said Walker was in a relationship with Pelton.

Under Alabama Law, Walker was charged with Capital Murder due to the fact that the murder took place in the presence of a child under the age of 14 and the victim was the parent of the child.

Walker is being held with no bond by the Pike County Sheriff’s department.

This case is under investigation by the Troy Police Department with assistance from the Pike County District Attorney’s Office, the Pike County Coroner’s Office, the Brundidge Police Department and the Alabama Department of Forensic Science.