UPDATE: Albertville Man Charged With Murder
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County man is charged with murder following his capture a week after a deadly stabbing.
Deputies arrested 38-year-old Sean Ray Blanks in Blount County Wednesday afternoon.
He was wanted as a person of interest connected to the August 1 stabbing death of 37-year-old Billy Wayne Glassco, Jr., in the Martling community.
Sheriff Scott Walls said last week Blanks was considered the prime suspect.
Investigators caught Blanks at the Boogie Bottoms drive-in theater in Blount County after a one week search that spanned four counties.
The stabbing occurred at a house on Williams Bend Road in the Martling Community.
Walls said the two men had a fight in the home, which resulted in the fatal stabbing of Glassco, and Blanks ran away before deputies arrived.
Blanks is a convicted sex offender who moved from DeKalb County to Marshall County in April.
Investigators said he failed to report to the sheriff’s office as part of the compliance required by law, and investigators began to search for him for that violation several days before the stabbing.
Deputies in DeKalb and Etowah Counties assisted Marshall County investigators in the search, as well as the United States Marshal Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Blanks is currently in the Marshall County Jail and is charged with murder, failure to report, and failure to register a new place of residence.
Sheriff Walls said an Albertville woman helped Blanks avoid capture the past week.
Elizabeth Denise Burns is charged with hindering prosecution and harboring a sex offender.
Investigators said Blanks was staying with her at the Martling home, and was there the night of the stabbing.
Deputies arrested her with Blanks at the Blount County drive-in theater.