2 Madison County men indicted on murder charges for 17-year-old girl's death

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Rose Ellen Jones

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A Madison County grand jury has indicted two men charged with the murder of 17-year-old Rose Ellen Jones.

Eugene Defredrick Collyear, 58, and Chandler Demetrius Herring, 21, have each been indicted on a murder charge by a grand jury.

Jones was first reported missing from Toney on August 6, 2017. Ten days later, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office recovered her body from the Tennessee River. Investigators were able to help identify Jones thanks to the community’s help.

Eugene DeFredrick Collyear

Authorities arrested Collyear and Herring five months later, on January 11, 2018. Collyear remains in the Madison County Jail on a $52,500 bond. According to court records, Herring had been out of jail on bond, but that bond was revoked Tuesday. The sheriff’s office declined to provide a picture of Herring based on his age at the time of his arrest.

Both men are scheduled for arraignments on March 18, 2020, in Judge Claude Hundley’s courtroom, with trials set for April 20, 2020.

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