Arrest made in 11-year-old girl’s murder in DeKalb County

Arrest made in 11-year-old girl’s murder in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - DeKalb County authorities have arrested a man in connection to the death of 11-year-old Amberly Alexis Barnett.

Christopher Wayne Madison, 33, has been arrested and charged with capital murder. He is being held without bond.

Source: DeKalb County Sheriff
Source: DeKalb County Sheriff (Source: DeKalb County Sheriff)

Amberly was found strangled in the wooded area behind Madison’s home in Collinsville on Saturday. She had been reported missing before her body was found.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said the following in a news release Monday afternoon:

"Due to the ongoing investigation, and in order not to jeopardize that investigation, I am not at liberty to disclose any additional information concerning this case.

The road to justice for this sweet, innocent little girl is too important to release anything to jeopardize this investigation.

I would like to thank our staff and all other departments that assisted on this case. This was a true joint effort, a team effort between multiple agencies who all worked tirelessly to help us get to this point."

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