Man accused of killing wife
The Butler County Sheriff’s Department is conducting its
first homicide investigation of the year, following the
apparent murder of a Forest Home woman on Friday night, Nov.
24.In a statement released on Monday afternoon, Sheriff
Diane Harris said that her department was dispatched to the
Forest Home community on Friday night.&uot;We (the Sheriff’s
Department) received a call from Butler County E-911 on
Friday night, just after 7 p.m., to a residence in Forest
Home for a reported gunshot victim,&uot; Harris said.&uot;When
deputies arrived at the location, they found a white female,
Onial Dean Wade, age 57, on the living room floor with a
single gunshot wound to the chest area.&uot; She said. &uot;The
victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Butler County
Coroner Wayne Garlock, at approximately 7:45 p.m.&uot;Also at
the scene, according to Harris, was the victim’s husband.
&uot;Henry Clifton Wade, age 59, was taken into custody from the
scene and transported to the Butler County Jail, where he is
being held for the charge of murder,&uot; she said.&uot;Among the
evidence removed from the scene during the course of the
investigation was a 12-guage shotgun, which is believed to
be the murder weapon,&uot; Harris said.Harris said that the
couple, who were married in April, had been living together
longer.&uot;My office has been called to this particular
residence many times, for various charges, and Wade has been
arrested before,&uot; she said. &uot;We have responded numerous
times for harassment, menacing, assault.&uot;Since the domestic
violence laws were changed, we have been there for D.V.
charges as well, and there was also a restraining order
against him (Clifton Wade) from the court, &uot; she
said.Sheriff Harris said that this particular case hit her
hard personally.&uot;It is always harder when the victim has
spoken to you just a few days before,&uot; she said.According to
Harris, the victim had come into town to ask for advice.
&uot;She was in my office just the other day,&uot; Harris said. &uot;She
said that she was in fear for her life. She asked me what I
would do if I were in her place, and I told her that I would
pack my bags and leave.&uot;The Alabama Department of Forensic
Sciences was called to the scene, and after conducting their
own investigation, removed the body of Mrs. Wade and
transported it to Montgomery. Autopsy results are pending.