A bigamist couple has been indicted two years after they were accused of committing a brutal murder

Rare | 8/4/2015 | Staff
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Christopher Matthew Henderson, 42, and Rhonda Jean Carlson, 44, are accused of shooting and stabbing the victims before setting their home on fire in August 2015. The slayings took place in the rural community of New Market, located just northeast of Huntsville.

Both Henderson and Carlson were indicted by a Madison County grand jury last month, according to court records. Henderson was indicted on 19 counts of capital murder, and Carlson was indicted on 18 counts.

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The pair are accused of killing Kristen Smallwood Henderson, 35, on Aug. 4, 2015, at her parents’ home, where she moved after initiating divorce proceedings against Christopher Henderson. Kristen Henderson had also filed a criminal complaint against her husband after learning he was also married to Carlson.

Kristen Henderson was nine months pregnant with Christopher Henderson’s child, a daughter who her obituary said was to be named Loryn Brooke Smallwood.

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Also killed that day were:

Clayton Daniel Chambers, Kristen Henderson’s 8-year-old son;

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Carol Jean Smallwood, Kristen Henderson’s 67-year-old mother;

AL.com reported that the indictments show both suspects are charged with 18 counts of capital murder because the slayings took place during a first-degree burglary, a first-degree arson, the killing two or more people and in the process of killing a child under the age of 14. Christopher Henderson’s 19th charge was tacked on because he violated a protective order when he killed Kristen Henderson.

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The horrific details of the crime, which shocked the small New Market community, were laid out in a September 2015 preliminary hearing. Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigator Eugene Nash Jr. testified during the hearing that deputies and firefighters were called to Jean and Joe Smallwood’s home the afternoon of Aug. 4 on a report of a housefire with people trapped inside.

As firefighters worked to put out the fire, which gutted the home, family members went to investigators on...
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