A Republican commissioner in Mobile County is the only suspect in an investigation surrounding the death of a 45-year-old real-estate agent.
Angel Downs was shot and killed outside her Gulf Shores, Alabama, home on May 9. Authorities say Commissioner Stephen Nodine was romantically linked to Downs, and the case is being treated as a homicide.
Results of the investigation will be presented to a Baldwin County grand jury on May 24.
Nodine's biography on the Mobile County Commission Web page touts his conservative values. The Mobile Press-Register reports that Nodine is married with one son, and his wife filed a divorce petition in February 2010.
A county commissioner since 2004, Nodine has a growing list of legal entanglements. A grand jury last week delivered a bill of impeachment and indicted him on drug charges.
How close were Nodine and Downs. The Mobile Press-Register reports that the two shared more than 500 phone calls and voice messages in the past month.
A Mobile television station is reporting that investigators found blood stains on the door of Nodine's truck, with two shell casings in the bed.
Officials have declined to describe the gun that fired the fatal shots. A search of Downs' home yielded substantial evidence in the murder case.
A lawyer says Nodine was "a basket case" when he visited with the commissioner on the morning of May 10, just hours of Downs' shooting death.