Alleged killer admits to striking woman after being high on meth

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DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports that a woman killed in Fort Payne last weekend died of blunt force trauma.

Now, her alleged killer is admitting to striking her and another woman after being high on meth for days. 

Doug Minor admitted to investigators that he and two women had been high on meth for three to four days. Minor says he hit both of the women after an argument. 

A murder warrant was issued Wednesday for Minor for the death of Bobbie Lynn Ross, 35, of Fort Payne. Warrants were also issued for the assault and kidnapping of Norma Jo Grinnell, 36, of Fort Payne. 

A manhunt was underway Saturday for Doug Minor after a call about an unresponsive body at his home on County Road 127 on Lookout Mountain.

Around 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Cherokee County 911 received a call that Minor and Norma Jo Grinnell approached a home on County Road 47 and requested water and transportation. According to authorities, the homeowner refused and told them to leave. 

As they left, the homeowner noticed Minor and Grinnell entering an abandoned chicken house near his residence.

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver contacted his deputies and DeKalb County deputies about the call.

Once Sheriff Shaver arrived, Grinnell reportedly walked out of the chicken house and asked for help. Then, Sheriff Shaver began talking to Minor, but Minor would not exit the house.

When DeKalb and Cherokee County Deputies got to the scene, Minor began to run though the chicken house. As he ran out the back, DeKalb and Cherokee Deputies were able to tackle him and take him into custody.

DeKalb County Deputies also took Grinnell into custody and transported her to DeKalb Regional Medical Center. She was treated for facial injuries and released from the hospital.

Grinnell is not being charged at this time. Authorities believe she is a victim.

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