Albertville Man Pleads Guilty to Murder of Gary Lee Willis

DEKALB CO., Ala. (WHNT) – Michael Stanley Townsel, Jr., 28 of Fort Payne, entered a guilty plea for the murder of Gary Lee Willis Monday afternoon.

Gary Lee Willis, 38, of Boaz was reported missing late last year. His body was found on County Road 135 in Geraldine in a burning car on December 17, 2013. Investigators say he was shot multiple times.

Michael Stanley Townsel, Jr., 28 of Fort Payne, Delia May Downs, 33, of Albertville, and Christopher Todd Cagle, 28, of Albertville were charged with kidnapping held in the DeKalb County Jail on a $1 million bond.


DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in December 2013 this case appears linked to drugs and money and that is the motive in the case.

Townsel was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.


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