Man facing multiple child sex charges in Huntsville found hanged in jail


Carl Philip Herold

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Carl Philip Herold, a man charged with multiple counts of child sex abuse along with his domestic partner, was found hanged in a Clay County jail on Monday night.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Scully-Clemmons told WHNT News 19 Herold had been in the custody of US Marshals en route to New York, where he was set for arraignment on Federal child pornography charges.

Herold, 33, had been transferred from the Madison County jail to Clay County last week. That jail also houses federal prisoners.

“We do what we do because we want to see justice served,” said Scully-Clemmons, “and so there is some frustration today that he wasn’t brave enough to face that justice.”

The coroner’s office in Clay County is investigating Herold’s death.

His attorney, Adam Ballaert, told WHNT News 19 by phone, “We wish we were able to proceed to trial to prove his innocence, which he has maintained all along. Last week when I saw him, he was in good spirits. I don’t know what happened between now and then.”

He said he is waiting to confirm whether this was suicide until he sees the coroner’s report.

Herold and his domestic partner, Charles Walker Dunnavant, were arrested last year for more than two dozen counts of sodomy, sexual abuse of a child and aggravated child abuse.

The two allegedly kept a child prisoner for eight months prior to their arrest.

A third man, Mark Bedwell, was also indicted in the case.

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