BALDWIN COUNTY, Alabama (WALA) - FOX10 News has learned that 45-year-old Angel Downs suffered adrug overdose, and had to be rushed to the hospital and that sheand Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine had domestic issues inrecent days. The information came out during a meeting withinvestigators in the case.
Captain Steve Arthur with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Officesaid Steve Nodine and Angel Downs were in a romanticrelationship.
Capt. Arthur also said friends mentioned there was a history ofdomestic violence between the two, in the form of verbal abuse.
Investigators added that since the Mullet Toss, the two had beenarguing.
Deputies are looking into threatening text messages as well.They would not confirm whether the telephone used was Nodine'spersonal phone or county-issued phone.
Nodine's county-issued truck could be released as early asTuesday night. Authorities would not say what, if anything, wasseized from the truck.
Baldwin County District Attorney Judy Newcomb told FOX10 Newsthat in 2006, Downs suffered a drug overdose, and had to be rushedto the hospital. Newcomb said at that time, Downs left a notesaying she had hurt a lot of people.
This information is part of an ongoing investigation into Downs'death Sunday night.
Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine has been questioned inthe case, but has not been arrested. He is being called a person ofinterest.
An autopsy confirmed she died of a gunshot wound to the head. Noother details from the autopsy have been released.
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