History Channel Bamazon Star Charged with Murder in Alabama After Hunters Discover Dead Body
The body of Norman Deon Crayton, 40, was found with gunshot wounds by hunters
A former History Channel reality TV show star was charged with murder Monday in Alabama, PEOPLE confirms.
Matthew Clate McDaniel, 33, who appeared on the 2012-2013 History Channel show Bamazon, allegedly killed Norman Deon Crayton, 40, according to a statement from the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department. Crayton’s body, which had gunshot wounds, was found early Sunday morning by hunters in the woods south of Dadeville, the statement says.
According to The Alex City Outlook, witnesses saw McDaniel and Crayton playing pool together at a local bar. Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said the case is still under investigation and could not confirm or deny the report.
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McDaniel was part of the cast of Bamazon, in which Southern construction workers searched for gold in South America, but he left halfway through the season in January 2013.
According to the show’s website, McDaniel “sees things a little different than the rest of the guys. He’s a brilliant excavator operator, and a jack-of-all trades, but he’s also a yoga-practicing, nature lover.”
McDaniel had a hearing on Monday but did not enter a plea, Sheriff Abbett confirms. His bail has been set at $250,000.