Bond set at over $1 million for Elba man charged with murder

James Edward Lee

Bond is set at more than $1 million for an Elba man charged with murder in connection with the death of an Elba woman.

At an initial court appearance before Coffee County District Judge Josh Wilson in Enterprise Monday, Jan. 25, bond was set for James Edward Lee, 49, in connection with the death of Shaquetha Sharaey Tyson, 28.

Wilson approved Lee’s request for a court appointed attorney and appointed Enterprise attorney Gary Bradshaw. Lee said he preferred to consult with Bradshaw prior to making a decision about whether to request a preliminary hearing. He has 30 days to make that decision before a choice is forfeited, Wilson told Lee.

Lee is charged with murder, certain persons forbidden to possess firearms, resisting arrest and attempting to elude authorities. Bond was set at $15,000 for the possession of a firearm charge, $5,000 for the resisting arrest charge and $500 in the attempting to elude charge.

Wilson said that the amount of the bond for the murder charge was because court records revealed that in 1997, Lee was charged in Mobile County with two counts of attempted murder, convicted of the lesser charges of first degree assault and sentenced to two 20-year prison sentences to run consecutively.

In 1993 Lee was convicted of carrying a pistol without a permit, also in Mobile County, Wilson said.

Elba police discovered the body of Tyson, 28, Sunday, Jan. 24, after going to the 200 block of Adkinson Avenue in Elba on a requested welfare check, according to a news release from the Elba Police Department.

Officers were unable to contact Tyson and contacted the owner of the property to obtain entry to the property where Tyson was found dead with “obvious signs of foul play,” according to Elba police. “This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency.”

The Elba Police Department thanks the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, the Opp Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigation, the Twelfth Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and the Coffee County Coroner’s Office.

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