Shannon Edward Payne, 37, was charged Wednesday with the murder of Maxine Carroll, 80, and her nephew Bryan Stephens, 50, who were found dead on Oct. 8 in Carroll’s home at 23797 County Road 41 in Addison.
Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris said they believed Payne and Stephens got into an argument that escalated to a physical altercation. Payne allegedly struck Stephens in the face with a metal flashlight. Police say he then shot Stephens twice in the head with a .22 caliber rifle. Harris said Carroll was just an innocent victim who happened to be home when the fight broke out. She was shot once in the head with the same weapon.
Harris said Payne was dating Stephens’ daughter, Samantha Filyaw, 26, who also lived at the residence. Filyaw and Payne allegedly left the residence following the shooting and were picked up by Winston County Sheriff’s deputies. Filyaw is being questioned by the sheriff’s office and the Alabama Bureau of Investigations, but authorities do not believe she was involved in the shooting.
Harris said Payne had a history of theft-related charges, but nothing that involved violence.
Payne was on probation and sheriff’s deputies had been looking for him on a pickup order issued for a violation of that parole on the weekend prior to the shooting in Addison. Payne is currently in the Winston County Jail and being held without bond for the probation revocation and the murder charges.
Investigators from the Winston County Sheriff’s Office, ABI and the Winston County District Attorney’s Office have been following leads in this case since the bodies were discovered on Oct. 8 and continue to follow up on other leads in the case.