MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man they say killed Terran Burt inside the Madison County Jail over the weekend. Michael Tyrone Wheeler, 29, who was in the jail on assault charges, is now charged with murder.
Sheriff Kevin Turner made the announcement on Wednesday morning during a news conference. He credited the investigators and the inmates who witnessed the murder for being able to determine what happened.
Turner also addressed the concerns over the safety of Burt’s brother, Hasaan Erskine. He said he knows of the claim that the murder was gang related. He said the thorough investigation shows no indication that was the case. He said that there is a chance that the people involved were gang members, but that the murder doesn’t appear to be gang-related.
He also addressed the safety of Erskine, saying that he is currently being held in isolation while investigators work to make sure he is safe. He said they want to determine if there is a threat.
Erskine’s attorney has filed a petition with the court asking that he be released. Attorney Brian Clark argued that Burt was targeted by a gang and that Erskine is also in danger. A hearing on the request for release with electronic monitoring, has been set for Tuesday, Oct. 20.