DEKALB COUTNY, Ala. – The suspect in the murder of a Fyffe man has entered a guilty plea Thursday, according to authorities.
Ben Christopher McClure entered a plea of guilty to murder in the death of Michael Johnson, according to DeKalb County District Attorney Michael O’Dell.
The murder happened on Oct. 11, 2014. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said McClure and Johnson were arguing in a driveway on that night. Johnson’s brother told Harris he heard shots from inside the home and ran outside to find Johnson on the ground.
McClure was set to go to trial for the murder on Monday. However, he decided to enter a guilty plea and accept a sentence of 23 years in a state penitentiary. Family members of both Johnson and McClure were present for the plea and sentencing.
O’Dell said,”I would like to express my appreciation to my staff involved in this case. Bob did an outstanding job as usual in preparing this case for trial. Investigator Wade Hill worked this case from day one with the investigators at the Sheriff’s Office and did a great job of building this case. Josh York, Tony Blackwell, Craig White and Scott Tarrant all worked long hours on this case. The DTF agents and SRT members who worked all night and successfully talked McClure out of his house are to be commended. This was a vicious murder and we are glad to have this suspect headed to prison for a very long time.”