DA: Stabbing of 89-year-old woman occurred during burglary
by Daniel Gaddy
dgaddy@annistonstar.com
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The home of the late Alma Fleming, 89, of Wellborn. Two people have been charged with capital murder in the woman's death. (Anniston Star photo by Stephen Gross)
The home of the late Alma Fleming, 89, of Wellborn. Two people have been charged with capital murder in the woman's death. (Anniston Star photo by Stephen Gross)
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Walter Craig Pinkston, left, and Monica Marie Shively.
Walter Craig Pinkston, left, and Monica Marie Shively.
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Authorities say two people charged with capital murder in the stabbing death of an 89-year-old Wellborn woman also are charged with doing so during a burglary.

Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh said that it will be up to a grand jury to decide whether Walter Craig Pinkston, 32, and Monica Marie Shively, 30, both of Anniston, also will be charged with committing murder during a robbery or kidnapping.

McVeigh said items were taken from the elderly woman’s home, but he would not elaborate on what was stolen.

Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown pronounced Alma Fleming dead at around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at her home on the 500 block of South Stebbins Street in Wellborn. An autopsy revealed Fleming had been stabbed multiple times in the chest, according to Brown. He said the attack likely happened Monday night.

Anniston police arrested Pinkston and Shively on Wednesday afternoon at the State Trooper post in Jacksonville, where Pinkston was getting his driver’s license reinstated, according to Anniston police Capt. Allen George.

George said this afternoon that Pinkston had been transferred to the Calhoun County Jail. Shively was still being held in the Anniston City Jail.

Fleming’s neighbors say her death has been a shock to the community.

“It’s unreal for us,” said Brittany Weldon, who had lived across the street from Weldon for a month. “I don’t see how anyone could do that.”

She said she can’t understand why there would be a need to kill the woman. Fleming was too frail to pose any threat to burglars, she said.

Weldon and her husband, Jesse, described Fleming as a nice woman who often tended her own garden despite having to use a walker.

Brittany Weldon said she remembers Fleming coming to their home to offer them peppers she had grown.

“She was really sweet,” she said.

Brittany Weldon said everybody in the neighborhood knew Fleming was a month away from turning 90, and neighbors had been talking about a party.

“She was always real nice,” Jesse Weldon said of Fleming. “She certainly didn’t deserve all that.”

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

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