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Matthew Preston Forehand

A local man is jailed on a capital murder charge after a “family disagreement” on Cottonwood Road late Wednesday night ended in a shooting death.

Matthew Preston Forehand, 28, was booked into the Houston County Jail at 2:47 a.m. and charged with capital murder in the death of 27-year-old Andrew Forehand. He is being held with no bond.

Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd said he pronounced Andrew Forehand dead in a bedroom of his residence in the 6400 block of Cottonwood Road in the Lovetown Community early Thursday morning. Forehand had been shot with a “long gun” at approximately 11:25 p.m. Wednesday following a “family disagreement.”

According to Alabama law, a murder charge can become capital in nature due to several different circumstances surrounding the killing, including taking a life during the commission of a crime such as burglary or robbery.

If convicted of a capital offense, a defendant can be sentenced to either death or life in prison without parole.

According to a search of state arrest records, Matthew Preston Forehand does not have any previous convictions for violent offenses. He was most recently convicted of driving under the influence in 2017 after being involved in a single vehicle accident.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office plans no additional comment until next week, when a press conference will be held.

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