MOULTON — An Addison man who was awaiting trial on charges of murdering his girlfriend last year has died from injuries he suffered in an off-road vehicle accident, according to authorities.
On Aug. 14, Jeffrey Dylan Spillers, 24, 162 National Forest Road, was severely injured in an ATV accident in Winston County and was transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, where he later died, Lawrence County and Winston County authorities confirmed. State trooper Gregory Corble said the one-vehicle accident occurred on private property.
“The hospital contacted me last week that he passed away from his injuries,” Lawrence County Coroner Scott Norwood said Wednesday afternoon.
A jury trial in Lawrence County Circuit Court was set for Feb. 14. Spillers was charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend, KC Lynn Hatfield, 29, of 1477 Lawrence County 188, on Oct. 9.
Spillers was initially charged with manslaughter, but on Jan. 29, a Lawrence County grand jury issued an eight-count indictment including one count of murder, two counts of manslaughter and single counts of first-degree domestic violence, reckless endangerment of a child and chemical endangerment of a child.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Sheriff’s Office, Hatfield was shot in the head and died at a hospital.
According to the complaint, Spillers admitted "to being under the influence and recklessly pointing a firearm at a person ... and discharging a firearm at a person." He also admitted to owning marijuana and paraphernalia found on a coffee table in the living room, according to the complaint.
According to the indictment, a 5-year-old was in the residence when Hatfield was shot, leading to the reckless endangerment charge, and had access to the marijuana, leading to the chemical endangerment charge.
Lawrence District Attorney Errek Jett said he met with Hatfield's family on Tuesday about Spillers' death.
"As a group they seemed somewhat saddened that they didn't get to see justice in the courtroom," he said.
Jett said his office will file a motion to close the case when it receives an official death certificate or obituary on Spillers.
Spillers was out of Lawrence County Jail on $123,000 bail when the ATV accident occurred.