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City councilman charged with murder in wife’s death

March 10, 2020 GMT

CARBON HILL, Ala. (AP) — Charges have been upgraded against an Alabama city councilman accused of killing his wife during an argument, authorities said.

Carbon Hill city councilman Robert Perry Warren, 51, was initially charged Monday with manslaughter in the death of his wife, 51-year-old Lisa Warren.

Prosecutors dismissed the manslaughter charged Monday and filed a murder charge Tuesday, AL.Com reported.

Lisa Warren was last seen on Feb. 24 and Robert Warren reported her missing the next day.

Carbon Hill Police Chief Eric House said Robert Warren led authorities to his wife’s body. Police found her floating in a creek Saturday.

Court documents said the couple got into an argument on Feb. 25. During the fight, Robert Warren pushed Lisa Warren backward, which caused her to fall and hit her head, the documents said. She later died. An autopsy is pending.

New charging documents said Warren intentionally caused his wife’s death by “striking her in the head with an object” multiple times.

The couple had been married for about 20 years. Robert Warren was appointed to the Carbon Hill City Council last year.

The investigation is ongoing. It’s unclear whether Warren had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.