More Charges in Connection with Willis Homicide

Northeast Alabama
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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – After meeting with District Attorney Steve Marshall Thursday afternoon, more charges have been filed for three individuals arrested earlier in connection to the murder of Gary Willis of Boaz.

Gary Lee Willis, 38, of Boaz (Etowah County) was reported missing recently. His body was found on County Road 135 in Geraldine in a burning car on December 17. Investigators say he was shot multiple times.

L to R: Christopher Cagle, Delia Downs, Michael Townsel (Photos: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
L to R: Christopher Cagle, Delia Downs, Michael Townsel (Photos: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

Christopher Todd Cagle, 29, of Boaz, and Michael Stanley Townsel Jr., 28, of Albertville have now been charged with Murder and Kidnapping 2nd.

Delia May Downs, 33, of Albertville is now charged with Kidnapping 2nd and Hindering Prosecution.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says the motive in this case appears linked to drugs and money.

Sheriff Scott Walls said as investigators continue to work the investigation, charges could be upgraded Capitol Murder in future proceedings.

Investigators from three counties tracked down several leads in to Marshall County, and determined Willis had been at a home on Old McVille Road, off Alabama Highway 75, on Friday, December 13, and was removed against his will.

Investigators worked through the Christmas holiday on this investigation. Sheriff Harris says several agencies have been working long hours on this case, including the DeKalb, Marshall and Etowah County Sheriff’s Offices, Geraldine Police, the Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office, Alabama State Troopers and the FBI.

All three suspects remain in the Marshall County Jail and each is being held on a one million dollar bond.

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