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UPDATE: 3-day meth high contributed to death of woman

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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WRCB) - UPDATE: The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office tells Channel 3 that 32-year-old Doug Minor was transported to the honorable Judge Whitmire's courtroom for his initial appearance. 

Minor was charged with the murder of Bobbie Lynn Ross, Kidnapping 1st  Degree of Norma Jo Grinnell, and Assault 1st Degree. 

Police tell Channel 3 that Minor's bond was set at $500,000. Minor's preliminary hearing will be in June.

PREVIOUS STORY: A three-day meth high may have contributed to the death of 35 year-old Bobbie Lynn Ross, according to a news release from the DeKalb County (AL) Sheriff's Office.Doug Minor, 32 admitted to investigators that he and both Bobbie Lynn Ross and Norma Jo Grinnell had been using meth over a 3-4 day period.

Minor also admitted to striking both women during an argument. 

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says that the preliminary report from the pathologist has determined that the death of Bobbie Lynn Ross was due to blunt force trauma to the head. 

The District Attorney has issued a murder warrant for Minor for the death of Ross. Additional warrants have been issued for Minor for the assault and kidnapping of Grinnell. 


PREVIOUS STORY: The search for a man wanted in connection with a murder on Lookout Mountain ended at an Alabama chicken house.

Deputies spent the weekend looking for the DeKalb County man after a woman was found dead in his home Saturday morning.

A manhunt was on early Saturday morning after the body of 35-year-old Bobbie Lynn Ross was found in a trailer on County Road 127 in DeKalb County. 

"Minor is, you know...We've dealt with Minor for years," says DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

Sheriff Harris says his deputies started searching for the homeowner, 32-year-old Doug Minor, as well as another woman who was with him, 36-year-old Norma Jo Grinnell.

Harris says she was forced to leave the home with him.

"He got her by the hair of her head and they were going to flee," says Harris.

The two crossed into neighboring Cherokee County in Minor's pick up truck, which he abandoned in the Tucker's Chapel Community off County Road 47.

The next morning, a neighbor called 911 after Minor and Grinnell knocked on his door for help.

"He pulled a gun or a shot gun on them and told them he couldn't help them," says Harris.

"Law enforcement was driving through and checking all the empty buildings," says neighbor Ray Hufstetler.

Hufstetler says it was a flurry of activity for a usually quiet part of the county.

"The helicopter came by after they found the truck they some dogs come in and try to track them down. But they were unsuccessful," says Hufstetler.

As deputies pulled up to an abandoned chicken house, Grinnell, with bruises on her face, asked officers for help.

 "As soon as those cars pulled up, he bailed," says Harris.

After a short chase, Minor was arrested. As of now, he faces charges of assault and kidnapping.

"It looks pretty bad when there's two women and both of them's beat up real bad and he don't have a bruise on him," says Harris.

Grinnell was treated and released from a local hospital. She is not facing charges in this case. Police believe she is a victim in the case.

As for Minor, he could face additional charges pending the results of an autopsy. 
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