11-Year-Old Alabama Girl Was Strangled to Death Before Body Was Found in Woods, as Man Is Charged
Police have arrested a 33-year-old Alabama man, charging him with capital murder in the death of 11-year-old Amberly Barnett, whose body was found in the woods Saturday morning.
Christopher Madison remains behind bars without bond, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.
Amberly was strangled to death, authorities said at a Monday afternoon press conference.
Her body was found dumped 200 yards into the woods behind her aunt’s house in Collinsville, Alabama — near Mount Vernon, where Amberly lived.
Amberly was reported missing Friday evening at around 6 p.m., prompting a widespread search throughout DeKalb County.
People reported having seen a dark-colored SUV outside Amberly’s aunt’s home around the time she disappeared.
It was unclear Monday afternoon if Madison had entered a plea to the murder charge filed against him, or if he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.
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DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Walden spoke to reporters Monday, but gave little information out about the investigation.
“The road to justice for this sweet, innocent little girl is too important to release anything to jeopardize this investigation,” DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Walden said Monday.
Amberly’s death has taken an emotional toll on his officers, Walden said at a Saturday press conference.
“And I want to say directly from the heart, being in this career, in this job — the way we do it is 100 percent from the heart and my heart is shattered this day here in DeKalb County, Alabama,” Walden said.
Police have not discussed a possible motive for the killing.