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June 10, 2014

Martin County authorities consider murder charge in Tow case

	Martin County authorities have filed paperwork that could lead to the filing of a formal murder charge against a Shoals man who police claim killed his adult son. John B. Tow, 60, of Shoals is currently being held without bond in the Martin County Jail on a charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. He is accused of stabbing his son Jonathan Tow, 32, of Shoals in the neck at a mobile home at 715 Doane Road following a day long argument.

Martin County Prosecutor Mike Steiner has filed a probable cause affidavit with the court in support of a murder charge. He has also asked the court for a 72 hour extension to decide whether to file the additional charge. "We are still doing some investigative work on it," he said.

The affidavit indicates that the autopsy found that cause of death was homicide and the manner was by stabbing, but the coroner believed more force was needed to cause the fatal injuries than the elder Tow had described to police. "The autopsy results were inconsistent with the originial story," said Steiner. "It was also inconsistent with some of the things we were seeing at the scene."

Even though police made a quick arrest in the case the investigation has not stopped. "The investigation is on-going and has been full-time since police were called on this Sunday night," said Steiner.

The prosecutor says he intends to meet again with investigators and review all of their findings before making a final decision on whether to add the formal murder charge.

Currently John B. Tow is being held in the Martin County Jail without bond.

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