$1M bond set for suspect in Albertville murder case

Police said they are still working to determine a motive.

Posted: Nov 24, 2021 11:27 AM
Updated: Nov 24, 2021 7:03 PM

A Marshall County woman will spend Thanksgiving in jail after bond was set at $1 million following her arrest for murder.

Albertville Police said they arrested Leslie Kay Sims, 39, on Tuesday after detectives found enough evidence to charge her with the Nov. 5 murder of Jana Miller Chatman. 

Leslie Kay Sims

Chatman and her car were found on Dixie Dale Road. Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith said investigators found evidence at the scene that just didn't add up, so they brought in other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, to help with the case.

That teamwork helped them identify Sims as a suspect. Smith said Sims was brought in for questioning and later confessed to the crime. 

“It’s one of those things that you dread it happened, but when it does, everyone kind of steps up their game, and at the end of the day, I think we’ve got the right person, people responsible, and now it’ll be up to the court system," he said.

Police said they are still working to determine a motive.

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