BAY MINETTE, Ala. — Prosecutors are dropping capital murder charges against an elderly woman charged in the slaying and dismemberment death of her husband in southwestern Alabama.

Baldwin County Assistant District Attorney Teresa Heinz tells WKRG-TV that authorities determined they don’t have sufficient evidence against 80-year-old Carolyn Hood.

Hood and stepson William Minton were charged in the slaying of 87-year-old Kenneth Hood. Police say he was bludgeoned to death inside his home in Foley, and his body was then hacked to pieces and scattered in creeks near Magnolia Springs.

Minton is set to go on trial in October. But Carolyn Hood won’t face additional prosecution. She lives in a nursing home in Montgomery.

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