Coffee County Double Murder Victims Identified

By: Mike Gurspan Email
By: Mike Gurspan Email

Enterprise Police confirm they've questioned a "person of interest" possibly connected to the double-slayings of roommates in the rural, Battens Community.

Enterprise Police Chief T.D. Jones confirmed both victims died from gunshot wounds and that it's a double-homicide, but few other details were revealed.

The names of the victims have been released. They are Enterprise native, 30-year-old James Matthew Helms and his roommate, 20-year-old Scott Allen Heib, originally from Colorado. Both men had worked for an Ozark-based helicopter company.

Both were found shot to death on Tuesday at their home on Coffee County Road 622. It's located in the Battens Community several miles south of Enterprise.

Helms' sister found the victims after her brother failed to show up for work.

Chief Jones says a "person of interest" has been interviewed, but would not give any more information.

He also would not confirm whether the murder weapon has been recovered, but Chief Jones does not believe it to be a random act, valuables and other items were not touched in the home. “There does not appear to be forced entry into the home. There does not appear to be anything taken,” he said. “Everything is the same from what we are told. They do not appear to be any form of a struggle on the inside."

Tuesday, the victims' bodies underwent an autopsy at the Department of Forensics in Montgomery. There's no word on those results.

Enterprise Police are looking for any possible help from the public.

If you happened to be riding down Coffee County Road 622 between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, and saw unusual activity, possibly at the victim's home, contact police at 347-2222.

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  • by Matt Location: Atmore on Mar 24, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    Wow.My heart goes out to the families of these two men.Judging by the comment above, he was a great person, and will be sorely missed.By the way, my name is James Matthew Helms, and I'm from Atmore.It was kind of weird finding a person with my name here, in close proximity to a person with my first wife's name ( Dawn).I just wish I could have met your son, it sounds like he was someone worth knowing.
  • by Dawn Location: Chancellor on Oct 6, 2007 at 06:14 PM
    My heart goes out to the families of Matt Helms and Scott Heib. I knew Matt but did not know Scott. I know they will both be greatly missed by everyone. Mr. and Mrs. Helms and Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. You raised a fine young man. We did not have a chance to catch up and for that I am sorry. He kept me laughing in school. And seeing him after 10 years at Scouts, was like nothing ever changed. He always had a smile on his face:) I will never forget him. He will always be in my heart. Sincerely, Dawn
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