December 16, 2016
Slain Alabama Woman Allegedly Killed By Business Partner And Friend

A mother-of-two who was found slain inside her Alabama home was allegedly killed by her business partner, CBS News is reporting.

Constance Woolweaver is suspected to have died at the hands of Adam Burrus, who described her as a business partner he had known for several years. The 37-year-old woman was shot to death. Sheriff John Samaniego, speaking to reporters Friday, called the death of Woolweaver a brutal "crime of passion." However, he did not provide details if the married man and mother-of-two were romantically involved.

According to the Daily Mail, Adam Burrus, also 37, has been charged as a suspect and is being held at the Shelby County Jail for the murder of the 37-year-old woman. Woolweaver was discovered by her 13-year-old son Wednesday around 3:45 pm when he returned from school.

A Shelby County Sheriff had described the scene of the crime as "terrible" and confirmed that the mother-of-two's death was being investigated as a homicide. He said she was shot multiple times with a 9 mm handgun, including a shot to the head, and deemed dead at the scene.

Woolweaver was found under the stairwell that leads to the basement area. She had recently just moved into the gated community with her kids. Drivers who go through the gates either live in the area or are visiting someone there. A sign-in sheet is handled by security guards, leading investigators to easily conclude that she was killed by someone that she knew.

Samaniego, in his media briefing, said her death was a difficult one to take, especially since it occurred during the Holiday season.

"Under these circumstances, I feel words alone are not enough. The loss of a relative or friend is always hard during the holidays, and if it is at someone else's hand, that makes it all the more tragic. If I could, I would wish all of you some comfort through knowing that I believe the person responsible for her death is now in jail and awaiting trial."
Investigators are also looking at the likelihood of money playing a role in the tragic incident. Officials have a theory that Woolweaver loaned the 37-year-old man money and was trying to get it back, before things spiraled out of control. Burrus, married with two children, is the owner of Bass Attacker LLC, a business that sells fishing equipment.
Constance Woolweaver was a partner.

The 37-year-old man also operated construction and landscaping companies. According to a source, Burrus allegedly enrolled in an anger management program after making threats to a family member.

He was declared as a person of interest when he willingly handed himself over to authorities on Thursday. A search warrant was obtained and handguns were found in his home and office. Burrus was initially cooperative, but then clammed up, invoking his Fifth Amendment rights and asking for an attorney.

His bail has been set at $500,000.

Shortly before her death, the mother-of-two had posted a cryptic illustration of a woman awake in bed and finding it difficult to sleep.
"I've got 99 problems and 86 of them are completely made up scenarios in my head that I'm stressing about for absolutely no logical reason. And this is why I can't sleep."
Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money for the kids who are now orphans. The benevolent gesture has since reeled in more than $19,000 in donations. The children had just celebrated their birthdays the previous week before their mother was killed. Their father died in 2015.
Woolweaver's former schoolmates, who are still in shock, said it was crucial that they pool resources together and help in every way that they could. A friend, Renee Courtland, said Connie was a joy to be around and would be greatly missed.
"Everybody wanted to get together to do something to help her family. Connie was just a joy to be around. Really one of the most beautiful people inside and out…radiates positivity. We're just really sad for the loss of her, and wanted to do something to help the children."
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