ABI joins Rice death investigation

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 by Rachel

ABI now involved with Rice investigation


By Adam Prestridge
Published: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 8:43 AM CST
The investigation into the death of Atmore dentist Thomas Alvin Rice Jr. took a turn Monday as agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation joined forces with county investigators.


Sheriff Grover Smith said he decided to call the ABI in for assistance after members of Rice’s family were troubled by the case.


“The family was concerned that we were rushing to judgment, so they called me and they had already contacted the district attorney,” Smith said. “I told them that I was going to get the ABI to assist in the investigation.”


An agent with the ABI was sent to Escambia County Monday morning to go over the case with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office after Smith contacted them last week.


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