Father defends son accused in slaying of exhibitionist wife


Surveillance video obtained by Inside Edition from a liquor store near the couple's home showed the two purchasing what appeared to be a bottle of Lucid Absinthe and another bottle hours before her partially nude body was found in the street in front of the house, located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Birmingham in Calera.

The slaying resulted from a domestic argument, police said.

West's husband Jeff West was arrested on February 22, but his parents said that he's innocent.

Jeff West's parents said that Kathleen West's parents agree with them that Jeff West is innocent.

The lack of information from authorities, along with their seeming lack of any leads or investigation into the case, led to several Facebook groups being created in which locals "web sleuths" posted images of West's every movements speculating that he had murdered his wife after discovering her secret life as an online seductress.

Father defends son accused in slaying of exhibitionist wife
Father defends son accused in slaying of exhibitionist wife

William West said that his son was aware of the side job and that it wasn't a big deal. "This was just a photo thing and there's a lot of freaks out there that get into that stuff", William West told WBMA-TV.

The case has garnered national attention. His bond is set at $500,000.

Calera Police Chief Sean Lamley said that West was a suspect in his wife's death "in the very beginning".

The arrest came after four detectives interviewed dozens of witnesses and collected evidence for the case. The chief said they received their final piece of evidence from the state forensic department on Tuesday and handed over their findings to the district attorney. Police say she died of a blunt-force wound to the head, but they haven't elaborated. "We know exactly what happened that night", Lemley says. He said that the couple's daughter wasn't home at the time of the murder.

Kathleen West's mother, Nancy Martin, said in a statement from family: "It seems so impossible for the extreme sadness and grief we feel as the loss of our attractive daughter Kat to ever diminish or decease however, the Lord is our hope and our salvation, and he can turn our mourning into comfort".

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