Tri-City Ledger -

By Joe Thomas
Ledger Editor 

Son is accused of killing father

Nall held on $1 million bond on charge he used pistol to kill dad


June 14, 2018

Joe Thomas

Chief Deputy Mike Lambert escorts Nall into the Escambia County (Ala.) Courthouse

An Atmore man is dead and his 32-year old son is in jail on $1 million bond after being arrested and charged with murder.

The body of Alvin Donald Nall, 72, was discovered outside his 12527 Highway 21 North residence in the Huxford community Friday night. Thomas Matthew Nall, 32, same address, was arrested and charged with murder.

Escambia County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said officers responded to a 911 call about 9 p.m. Friday. When they arrived, they found Alvin Nall's body in the front yard with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Arrest warrants state Nall was killed with a .38-caliber pistol, which was recovered at the scene.

Lambert said Alvin Nall was a lifelong resident of the Huxford community and had retired from Masland Carpet two weeks ago.

Lambert said Thomas Nall was at the residence when officers arrived and the result of an investigation led to his arrest.

Sheriff's deputies and FBI agents from the Mobile office's Evidence Response Team spent 18 hours processing the scene. Lambert said in addition to the murder weapon, spent shell casings and more than one bullet were recovered.

Lambert said the evidence shows Alvin Nall was shot and killed inside the house and then dragged outside. He said no motive has been discovered at this time and that Alvin Nall's body was transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Mobile for an autopsy.

Thomas Nall's mother and brother attended his bond hearing Monday afternoon in front of District Judge Jeff White where he was issued a $1 million bond.

Nall first told Judge White he was 37-years old but was corrected, noting he was 32. He also told Judge White he had a job up until about two weeks ago but his mother said he hadn't worked in years.

Assistant District Attorney Todd Stearns said due to the nature of the crime, and the fact that Nall faces some legal issues in Florida, the state requested a high bond of no less than $100,000.

Judge White said his interaction with the defendant during the bond hearing was one reason he set the bond at $1 million. He told Nall the amount would be reconsidered once he had an attorney.

"Don was unresponsive...." Nall began to say before Judge White cut him off by telling him they weren't in court that day to discuss details of the case.

Nall's mother also said her son had issues.


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