Neighbor: Heflin bodies appeared 'dummies' for decoration
by Laura Camper
Oct 25, 2013 | 7138 views |  0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Betty Jones said she didn’t think anything of gunfire and barking she heard around 9 p.m. Wednesday in her Heflin neighborhood.

“You hear gun shots around here all the time,” she said. “We have a lot of stray dogs.”

When she left for a doctor’s appointment the next morning, Jones said, she assumed the bodies lying in her neighbors’ backyard were Halloween decorations

“I said, ‘What’s he got those two dummies there for?’” Jones said.

According to police, it was another resident of the house beside Jones’, out walking his dog on Thursday, who realized the two people lying in the yard were not holiday props. He found Krista Medders, 21, and Todd Robbins, 31, dead along with a pistol. Cleburne County Coroner Ben McKnight pronounced them dead at the scene, and they were taken to Dryden Funeral Home.

Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield said Thursday that investigators believe Medders had been moving out of the home, on Gray Road.

On Friday, the blue house where Medders and Robbins were found was decorated with pumpkins, flowers and hay bales in the yard and with a life-sized witch shrouded in black on the porch.

A resident of the house answered the door holding a small dog. He declined to talk about Medders and Robbins, other than to say that he knew them.

Jones said that although she knew the resident who found Medders and Robbins, she didn’t know the man and woman or whether they had lived in the house.

“I never saw a woman there,” Jones said.

Benefield said Thursday morning that police are not looking for a suspect. Investigator Josh Barnett Friday said today that there is no new information in the case.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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