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Records: Slain wife had court order against suspect

July 1, 2019

NEW MARKET, Ala. (AP) — Alabama authorities say they think a Madison County man killed his wife months after she was granted a protection order against him for threatening to kill her.

Al.com reports the Madison County’s Sheriff’s Office responded to a home Sunday night and found the body of 53-year-old Lorrie Payne Ridings. They then arrested 52-year-old Tyson Wells Ridings and charged him with murder.

Officials declined to release a cause of death.

In March, a county judge granted Lorrie Ridings a protection from abuse order against Tyson Ridings. In court records, the woman wrote he’d choked, beaten and threatened to kill her. Records show Tyson Ridings was prohibited from having contact with her at the time she died.

It’s unclear whether Tyson Ridings has an attorney who can comment.

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