Ala. man charged with murder guarded at hospital

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Lauderdale County authorities say a 29-year-old Waterloo man charged with two counts of capital murder is being kept under round-the-clock security in a Tennessee hospital.

Authorities say Jonathan Wade Cossey is in stable condition recovering from a drug overdose.

Police say Cossey was taken to the hospital last Thursday, a day after the bodies of 49-year-old Ricky Wayne Waller and 30-year-old Sylvia Yvette Martin Mitchell were found in a house just outside the Florence city limits. Each had been shot in the head.

Chief investigator Travis Clemmons says evidence provided by witnesses and items found in Cossey's car were key in obtaining arrest warrants. Cossey's vehicle was impounded in Tennessee.

Clemmons says the motive in the shootings appears to involve drug activity.

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