Police in Perry County have charged a 34-year-old Marion man with the murder of his wife, who was found dead in the back of a pickup truck Sunday.

According to court documents filed Monday and information provided by District Attorney Michael Jackson, the investigation began when the couple's home on West Cornelia Street in Marion was found on fire around 1 a.m. Sunday.

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No one was inside the home when first responders arrived. Jackson said police now believe the first was set intentionally and have opened an arson investigation.

Later that day, the couple's pickup truck was found a few miles away, parked on the side of Marion's Rutledge Drive.

The body of the victim, Alesia Janay King, was discovered in the bed of the truck. She had been shot in the head with a handgun, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Court records indicate King turned 27 earlier this month.

A warrant was issued charging King's husband, Jimmy Woods, with murder, and he was placed in the Perry County Jail at 2:40 p.m. Monday.

A joint investigation is being conducted by members of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's State Bureau of Investigation, the area's Regional Drug Task Force, the Fire Inspector and the Marion Police Department.

At the time of publication, Woods had only been charged with murder, but other criminal charges may follow.

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