Michael Lee Hammock, 35, of Huntsville, was arrested in the shooting death of Heather Golden, of Arab.

He was charged with murder, first-degree arson and two counts of theft. He was arrested in Lincoln County, Tennessee, by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Hammock was extradited to Arab and subsequently transferred to Marshall County Jail.

Marshall County District Judge Mitch Floyd set his bail at $2 million.

Marshall County District Attorney Everette Johnson said the charges could change.

“The evidence we have right now – that we have in hand – supports the charges that have been filed,” Johnson said. “As we get more evidence, and forensics results, that could change.

“It’s possible that we could upgrade the charge to capital murder at a later time or a capital murder charge could come out of the grand jury.”

Johnson said he expects to present the case to the Marshall County grand jury in March.

Arab Fire and Rescue was called to a house fire on Fourth Street NE near Arab High School about 3 a.m. last Saturday.

While fighting the flames, firefighters discovered Golden lying on a bedroom floor covered with blankets. Firefighters also discovered she had been shot.

Golden was 39-years-old.

Firefighters say there were two points of origin for the fire – one in the left bedroom and one in a laundry basket in the utility room.

The reason for the fire, according to the AFR report, was “homicide concealment, destroy records/evidence.”

Arab Police Chief Edward Ralston also confirmed that Golden’s vehicle, which was missing from her residence, was located Sunday in Tennessee and that Hammock had been taken into custody.

Golden’s funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9.

The family has asked for donations to Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel to help pay for the funeral expenses.

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