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Suspect allegedly murdered mother for getting rid of his dog, not giving him ride to girlfriend’s house: Sheriff

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Source: Lawrence County Sheriff; MEGA

Mar. 14 2022, Published 1:31 p.m. ET

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An Alabama man is accused of killing his mother after the two got into an argument about her giving away his dog and refusing to give him a ride to his girlfriend’s house, authorities said.

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Around 9:15 p.m. on March 11, deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office conducted a wellbeing check at the home of Deborah Landers Bryant in Chalybeate Springs and found the 67-year-old woman dead, Al.com reported.

Investigators determined Bryant had died days earlier, and they identified the victim’s 37-year-old son, Nicholas Drue Scoggin, as a suspect in her murder.

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According to the sheriff’s office, Scoggin killed his mother after the fight and then stole her purse and vehicle.

Scoggin, who lived with his mother, was taken into custody at a friend’s Hillsboro home and booked into the Lawrence County jail on multiple charges, including murder, kidnapping, and robbery.

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Autopsy results to determine Bryant’s cause of death are pending.

alabama suspect
Source: Lawrence County Sheriff; MEGA
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