Kidnap suspects among DeKalb County drug sweep - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Kidnap suspects among DeKalb Co. drug arrests

Posted: Updated:
Christopher Cagle, Delia Downs, and Michael Townsel are among several people arrested. Christopher Cagle, Delia Downs, and Michael Townsel are among several people arrested.
FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) -

The investigation into the beating, kidnapping, and murder of Gary L. Willis of Sardis has netted several additional arrests.

The body of Willis, 38, was found inside a burned out car in Geraldine on Dec. 17th. Police believe he was taken from a home on the Marshall/DeKalb line on Dec. 13. Murder charges have not been filed against anyone, but the investigation has led to several other unrelated charges against a number of people.

Michael Stanley Townsel Jr., Christopher Todd Cagle, and Delia May Downs were arrested on kidnapping charges on Dec. 24. The three were transferred to the Marshall County Jail over the weekend and remain held on $1 million bond each.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said his office executed a drug search warrants and several consent searches, resulting in the additional arrests of Denise Maria McGathey, 35, of Crossville, John Henry McGathey, 34, of Crossville, and Jose Perez, 24, of Albertville. 

Cagle, Downs, Denise McGathey and John McGathey, and Perez were all charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Police also charged John McGathey with resisting arrest. Perez was also charged with public intoxication. 

Townsel, 28, of Fort Payne, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, consperience to commit a drug crime, and third-degree theft of property. Randy Lewayne Snow, 32, of Boaz, was arrested on charges of failure to appear for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and promoting prison contraband. 

Additionally, Desiree Sheree Cook, 23, of Fort Payne, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia while Kevin Euil Goble, 35, of Crossville, was arrested and charged with failure to appear. 

Harris said the probe into the kidnapping and murder is ongoing as investigators continue to gather evidence. 

"We had the suspects in jail within 72 hours of the discovery of Mr. Willis' body," Harris said. "The response from all of the agencies we contacted during this investigation was tremendous."

Police worked across multiple jurisdictions, including the FBI, US Marshals, Geraldine Police and Fire, state fire marshals, and sheriffs and drug units from DeKalb, Etowah, Cherokee, Jackson, and Marshall Counties. The case now goes to Marshall County prosecutors.  

Additional charges are expected and will be announced by Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshal and Sheriff Scott Walls, Harris said. 

"We received tips from several sources and continue to develop information," Harris said. "We know (Marshal) will get justice for the Willis family."

Haris said drugs are a common denominator when it comes to the murder and its investigation. 

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All Rights Reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.