published Friday, January 3rd, 2014

New charges filed against Alabama trio in connection with death of Gary Lee Willis

Michael Townsel Jr., left; Delia Downs, center; and Christopher Cagle
Michael Townsel Jr., left; Delia Downs, center; and Christopher Cagle
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Alabama trio arrested in connection with the death of 38-year-old Gary Lee Willis were charged last week with kidnapping first-degree, but have now had more charges filed against them in Marshall County.

Albertville, Ala., resident Christopher Todd Cagle, 28, and Michael Stanley Townsel Jr., 28, of Fort Payne, are each now charged with murder in the slaying, and Delia May Downs, 33, of Albertville, Ala., is now charged with hindering prosecution, according to Marshall County Sheriff's Office officials.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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