Arrest Made in North Alabama Murder

FORT PAYNE, AL (WDEF-TV) – DeKalb county officers have announced a break in the murder of a man near Ider back in July.
Officers made an arrest—and they didn’t have far to go to locate the suspect.

SHERIFF JIMMY HARRIS, DEKALB CO., AL. "I will say without going into detail, that it was a very brutal murder." "It was a knife…a large knife."

Sheriff Jimmy Harris called a news conference to talk about the brutal slaying of 33-year old Daniel Thomas Fuller on July 22nd near Ider, Alabama in the northern party of the county.
He says evidence indicated there had been foul play, and they got some help from people who were partying in that area.

SHERIFF JIMMY HARRIS "They were having a mule day event and there were a lot of horses that were camping out up there. And he got several in the wooded area; probably within 30 minutes or an hour they located the body."

That led to the indictment of this man—32 year old Daniel Adam Beaty of Valley Head.
They didn’t have to look far because he was already in jail for an unrelated crime.
Beaty has now been charged with capital murder, with bond was denied.
Sheriff Harris says he can’t discuss many of the particulars in the case, but—-

SHERIFF "He claims that it was over a girlfriend…whether that’s true we don’t know."

Harris says Beaty told and sold some of Fuller’s property; which might also be a factor.
The remote area where Fuller was killed is frequented by young people.

SHERIFF "In the area that they were..that was a place known for doing drugs..making drugs."

The sheriff says he will continue to keep Fuller’s family advised as the case moves through the courts.

SHERIFF HARRIS "This is a tragic thing..to happen to anybody. And he did give us a statement this morning…he did admit what he did."

Although he died in July, the search for Daniel Fuller didn’t begin until mid-August because he had been known to disappear for days at a time.
The murder case is now in the hands of the district attorney.

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