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Crime Terminally Ill Alabama Man Turned Himself in for 1995 Cold Case Murder, Police Say

23:15  20 november  2020
23:15  20 november  2020 Source:   lawandcrime.com

Terminally ill man allegedly calls Alabama police, confesses to 1995 murder: ‘He was ready to meet his maker and wanted to make everything right’

  Terminally ill man allegedly calls Alabama police, confesses to 1995 murder: ‘He was ready to meet his maker and wanted to make everything right’ A terminally ill Alabama man cold called a Decatur detective Wednesday “wanting to confess” to a decades-old cold case murder, police said. Hours later, Trinity resident Johnny Dwight Whited, 53, was taken into custody for the fatal shooting of Christopher Alvin Dailey on April 26, 1995.“The call came into dispatch and was transferred to the secretary in the criminal investigation division, and she came to me around 2:30 in the afternoon,’” Det. Sean Mukaddam told the Daily News.

That man was Johnny Dwight Whited, according to the police , who said that he admitted to officers on Wednesday that he had fired a single gunshot that killed a man 25 years earlier in a wooded area of Decatur. But the breakthrough in a cold case that had confounded investigators for a quarter-century

The days without an arrest turned into months and then years after someone killed Christopher Alvin Dailey in 1995 . While never closed, the case went cold without new evidence.

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Johnny Dwight Whited

A terminally ill Alabama man confessed to a 1995 cold case murder, cops say. Johnny Dwight Whited has been arrested in the death of Christopher Alvin Dailey, the Decatur Police Department says.

Cops said they had not previously been able to develop a suspect concerning the murder in question. They knew that Dailey died from a single gunshot wound. This was a homicide, but they could not find the person responsible despite what they described as an “extensive investigation.” They looked at case again over the years, but again, no killer.

Things changed on Wednesday, they said. Whited called their department. He wanted to confess. Indeed, police said that information he provided synced up with the evidence and details of the case. The defendant is now being held at the Morgan County Jail on a $15,000 bond, and the victim’s family was told about the arrest, police said.

Terminally Ill Man Allegedly Calls Police, Confesses to 1995 Alabama Cold Case Murder

  Terminally Ill Man Allegedly Calls Police, Confesses to 1995 Alabama Cold Case Murder Johnny Dwight Whited's account of the 1995 killing allegedly matched evidence collected from the scene . Police did not note Dailey's age in Whited's arrest report, but confirm he was shot once and that his death was a homicide. The arrest report also mentions that investigators were never able to identify a suspect in the case. Whited, a resident of Trinity, was charged with one count of murder. His attorney could not be reached for comment, and it was unclear Friday if he'd been arraigned in court or asked to plead to the charge. He's now being held on $15,000 bond.

Alabama man , 53, is arrested over 1995 murder after calling police to turn himself in and 'reenacting the crime to detectives'. Johnny Dwight Whited, 53, of Trinity, was charged with murdering Christopher Alvin Dailey in 1995 after he called Decatur police on Wednesday. Two hunters found Dailey's body

While never closed, the case went cold without new evidence. Then the phone rang at the Decatur Police Department. Whited, 53, of Trinity, was charged with murder after providing details that matched evidence and information collected after Dailey's death, police said in a statement.

The ensuing investigation was not a simple matter despite the alleged confession. Detective Sean Mukaddam, who described the defendant as terminally ill, told The New York Times that Whited did not know the year or the date of the murder.

“We were scrambling to try to figure out what he was talking about,” he said. Cops said they looked back at every homicide in the city dating back to the 1980s, and compared this to the description Whited gave of the crime scene. They took Whited to the location, and he reenacted the murder, they said.

Griff Belser, an attorney for Whited in an ongoing methamphetamine case, told Law&Crime Friday afternoon that he was on his way to meet his client.

[Mugshot via Decatur Police Department]

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