- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

COTTONDALE, Ala. (AP) - The violent holdup in a quiet Cottondale neighborhood left a 77-year-old man dead and his wife briefly hospitalized.

The Birmingham News (https://bit.ly/2fNWw4E) reports authorities identified the victim Thursday as Willis Sample.

Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Capt. Gary Hood says the medical examiner ruled Sample’s cause of death a heart attack, and the manner of death a homicide based on the events that led up to Sample’s heart attack.

Hood said two suspects, both armed, broke into Sample’s gun case and took weapons, as well as money and the couple’s car Wednesday night. The stolen vehicle was later found abandoned at an apartment complex in the Holt area.

Edna Sample was taken to the hospital as a precaution, and has since been treated and released.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, https://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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