Judge denies bond for two charged in 89-year-old’s death
by Daniel Gaddy
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Walter Craig Pinkston, left, and Monica Marie Shively.
Walter Craig Pinkston, left, and Monica Marie Shively.
Alma Fleming
Alma Fleming
A Calhoun County judge denied bond for two people charged with capital murder this week in the stabbing death of an 89-year-old Wellborn woman.

Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown pronounced Alma Fleming dead at around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at her home on the 500 block of South Stebbins Street. Brown said an autopsy revealed the woman had been stabbed multiple times in the chest, and he believes Fleming was killed Monday night.

Walter Craig Pinkston, 32, and Monica Marie Shively, 30, both of Anniston, are charged in Fleming’s death. The warrants for their arrest show they are charged with capital murder during the commission of a robbery, and allege that the pair stabbed Fleming while trying to take currency from her.

The warrants show that District Court Judge Beth Rogers ordered that Pinkston and Shively be held without bond.

Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh told The Star on Thursday that items were taken from Fleming’s home, but he would not specify what kind of things were stolen.

Anniston police Capt. Allen George told The Star Wednesday that Pinkston and Shively were at Fleming’s home to do chores such as yard work. Fleming’s son, Wayne Fleming, who lives in Birmingham, said he knew nothing about the arrangement and believes the pair approached his mother asking for work.

George declined to release further details about the case today.

Fleming said he and his wife found his mother Wednesday morning after breaking into her home when there was no answer at the door. He said they came to her home to help plan his mother’s 90th birthday celebration, which would have been on Oct. 21 — the same day Pinkston and Shively are now scheduled for a court appearance before District Court Judge Christopher McIntyre.

Funeral services for Alma Fleming will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray Brown Service Chapel with the Rev. Ted Cogburn and the Rev. G.J. Bragg officiating. Committal service will follow at Green’s Chapel Cemetery in Blount County. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and a short visitation will take place at the cemetery.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

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