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Inmate faces Marshall Co. kidnapping charges

A man in prison could soon return to Marshall County to face charges for allegedly kidnapping his father more than seven years ago. A man in prison could soon return to Marshall County to face charges for allegedly kidnapping his father more than seven years ago.
BOAZ, AL (WAFF) -

A man in prison could soon return to Marshall County to face charges for allegedly kidnapping his father more than seven years ago.

The state inmate has warrants out on him, but he is now asking the court for a speedy trial.

James Townsel is currently in the Limestone Correctional Facility serving time for a 2005 incident that ended in Madison County.

It was December 2005 when authorities said Townsel allegedly began his rampage in Boaz, taking his father hostage at gunpoint.

He later allegedly drove him to Owens Crossroads and let him out. Investigators said he was even looking for his ex-wife but never found her.

Townsel allegedly broke into the home where she once lived, and when he didn't find her he went to another home down the road. That's when he allegedly held an elderly couple hostage for several hours. The woman was struck and suffered a head injury that required stitches.

When Townsel took the couple's car he was caught a short time later.

Authorities have not said when he will be transferred back to Marshall County to face those charges.

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