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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Two Lauderdale County cold cases have been solved according to the District Attorney.

At a news conference Friday afternoon, District Attorney Chris Connolly said the murders of Chris Stanback and Keith Barnett have been solved.

In 1994, 17-year-old Stanback was found beaten to death in a wooded area near Carver Homes. Eddie Frank Chandler is the suspect in that case. Investigators say a recent internet drug ring bust led to new information in the case.

Brothers, Alfred Johnson and Shannon Ray Johnson, are the suspects in the 2000 Keith Barnett murder. Barnett was found beaten, lying in the middle of Highway 17. He died two days later.

Florence Police Chief Rick Singleton released this statement on the arrests:

"To say that I am pleased with the news of an indictment in the Chris Stanback murder case would be a gross understatement.  One of my personal goals since becoming Chief of Police has been to see this case solved.  I want to commend and thank the investigators who have worked so diligently over the years to bring this case to closure."

Singleton concluded by saying:

"I also want to commend the same team for their work in bringing those responsible for the murder of Brian Keith Barnett to justice.  Like the Stanback, the Barnetts have waited a long time for this day and I know they must feel some sort of relief knowing that those responsible for killing Keith have been identified and that justice will be done."

The D.A. Said they're not releasing any more information about either case at this time because they hope to try both cases in Lauderdale County.


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