Highland Lakes murder case bound over to grand jury

Published 1:10 pm Thursday, October 5, 2017

COLUMBIANA – The case against a Chelsea man accused of the murder of a 37-year-old woman has been bound over to a grand jury.


At a preliminary hearing before District Court Judge Daniel A. Crowson on Wednesday, Oct. 4, the case involving Adam Michael Burrus, 37, was bound over to the next available grand jury.

Burrus was arrested on Dec. 15, 2016, and charged with the murder of Constance Leigh Woolweaver, who was found dead in her Highland Lakes home the day before.

Burrus was released from the Shelby County Jail on Dec. 19, 2016, on a $500,000 bond.

At the time of the arrest, police described Burrus and Woolweaver as long-time friends and business partners.

Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego previously said investigators developed Burrus as a person of interest on the morning of Dec. 15 and contacted him at his business in Sterrett.

Burrus willingly met with investigators, who determined probable cause and procured search warrants for Burrus’ home, business and vehicle.

After searches were completed, Burrus was charged with murder and booked into the Shelby County Jail.

There was no evidence of forced entry at the residence, Samaniego said, and the victim was found near the entryway.

Samaniego described the shooting as a “crime of passion,” and not pre-meditated, but said investigators are so far unaware of any ongoing dispute between the victim and suspect, who were described as “part-owners” of a business.