Husband charged in murder of former Madison County Jail nurse

Her remains have been transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.

Posted: Jul 1, 2019 8:50 AM
Updated: Jul 2, 2019 2:07 PM

A former nurse at the Madison County Jail was found murdered in a home in New Market on Sunday.

Family members say Lorrie Ridings' murder was violent, and she had a volatile relationship with her husband. Tyson Ridings is in the Madison County Jail charged in her murder. The family said he goes by Ty.

Lorrie Payne Ridings (Image courtesy of Lorrie Payne Ridings' family)

(A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses. Click here to see it)

WAAY 31 uncovered his long history of domestic violence charges. Ridings was arrested for domestic violence in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. In March, his wife got a protection order against him, and she wrote in that order, he threatened to kill her if she left him.

Evelyn Bates, Lorrie's friend and in-law, said Sunday night was her family's worst nightmare.

"Hitting her wasn't nothing new, so we kind of assumed that's how she passed away. That he hit her too hard," Bates said.

Bates said she knew the couple fought, but never expected it to end like this. When deputies arrived, Bates said Ty denied any involvement in her death.

"He walked outside and told everyone she slipped and fell, but it's obvious that's not what happened," she said.

Lorrie's family said they believe her husband beat her to death. The sheriff's office can't confirm that and said investigators are waiting on autopsy results.

The protection order filed by Lorrie in March states her husband had headbutted her, choked her and pulled a knife on her in the past. The family said until about three weeks ago, she was staying at a shelter for battered women to get away from him.

"She was put in ICU for three days because he beat her. She got a lifetime protection order on him," Bates said.

Bates explained Lorrie wasn't only her friend and neighbor, but they also shared grandchildren.

"She was the sweetest thing. She would give you the shirt off her back. Any favor you asked her for, and she would never tell you no," she said.

She wants anyone who is a victim of domestic violence to get help before it's too late.

"Get out. Go. Just leave and don't come back. It's not worth it," she said.

Ridings is in the Madison County Jail as of Monday evening with a $100,000 bond. Lorrie's family said they are working to figure out what's next, because they don't have the money to bury her.


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