UPDATE: Former Valley Head football star charged in DeKalb County woman’s death

Joseph Riley Henderson is charged with capital murder.

Joseph Riley Henderson is charged with capital murder.

CENTRE, Ala. (WHNT)-  Cherokee County deputies have arrested a 17-year-old male in connection to the death of Sarah Ortiz of Valley Head in DeKalb County.

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver announced late Saturday that Riley Joseph Henderson, 17, of Cedar Bluff, was arrested and charged with capital murder in Ortiz’s death.

Sarah Ortiz

Sarah Ortiz

Ortiz’s family reported the 20-year-old woman missing back on July 14.   A fisherman found her body several days later in Weiss Lake in Cherokee County.

Henderson is charged with capital murder because Ortiz was killed during a robbery, according to the District Attorney’s Office.  The two were acquaintances, investigators said.

Riley Henderson was the leading tackler for Valley Head’s football team during the 2013 season.  He was chosen to the Class 1A Region 7 All-Star team.

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