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Elderly Walker County man strangled, beaten during theft of $2,000; daughter, son-in-law charged


A Walker County couple is under arrest on charges they beat and strangled a 76-year-old man.

Michael Earnest, 49, and Alecia Earnest, 55, are charged with first-degree elder abuse and neglect, second-degree financial exploitation of the elderly, domestic violence-strangulation and second-degree theft of property.

The victim, Jimmy Lynn Pearce, is the father of Alecia Earnest and the father-in-law of Michael Earnest, court records show.

Parrish police officers launched their investigation on Jan. 19.

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