Saturday, September 8, 2012

Smiths Station, AL: Smiths woman arrested following husband's death

A Smiths Station woman was arrested Tuesday in Birmingham for her alleged involvement in the death of her husband.

Tiffany Danielle Andrews, 26, was picked up by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding manslaughter warrant from Lee County in relation to the death of Michael James Andrews, 33. Andrews was additionally charged with menacing and is being held in the Lee County Detention Center on a $26,000 bond.

Capt. Van Jackson of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said the case is still ongoing and that details surrounding the death of her husband have not been released due to their crucial roles in the outcome of the case.

“All we know is that there was some involvement on her part,” Jackson said. “There was evidence that she was involved in the circumstances which led to his death.”

On July 1, deputies received a call regarding a possible motorcycle accident near the intersection of Lee Road 248 and Highway 280 East in Smiths Station. Deputies, EMS and Alabama State Troopers responded to the accident, where Mr. Andrews was located lying on the ground near the motorcycle with Ms. Andrews at the scene, as well.

Emergency personnel rushed Mr. Andrews to Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead because of internal injuries.

Mr. Andrews was employed as a specialist in the Mississippi National Guard and was on active duty orders assigned to the Bravo Company Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Benning, Ga.

Ms. Andrews was not treated for any injuries. No one else was involved in the accident.

Jackson said that following the initial investigation of the accident, questions arose surrounding the circumstances of Andrews’ death that needed to be answered.

“There were some issues that came up in that investigation that led us to locate evidence that led to her arrest,” Jackson said.

The sheriff’s office is looking for a witness who allegedly saw the couple along the road. Jackson said the person in question is not a suspect but is wanted for questioning.

“There was an individual that was a passerby that was flagged down by Ms. Andrews the night this all happened,” Jackson said.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-522-7847.

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