Man pleads guilty to murder, receives life in prison - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Man pleads guilty to murder, receives life in prison

Townsel entered a guilty plea on Monday. Townsel entered a guilty plea on Monday.
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Michael Stanley Townsel Jr. pleaded guilty on Monday to the 2013 murder of a Boaz man.

Authorities found the remains of Gary Lee Willis on Dec. 13 after responding to a car fire in DeKalb County. According to an autopsy report, Willis had been shot multiple times.

"There was an altercation that took place at a trailer in Marshall County," said District Attorney Steve Marshall. "Mr. Willis was placed in a vehicle and it was while in that vehicle in Marshall County that he was shot. [There are]  lots of rumors I've heard about this case, many of which are untrue. Obviously, a very unfortunate situation but at the same time, not a case where drugs were a contributing factor."

After pleading guilty, Townsel was sentenced to life in prison. The second-degree kidnapping charge filed against him was dropped.

Christopher Cagle and Delia May Downs were also arrested and charged in connection with the case. Their cases are expected to go before a grand jury soon.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Scheduled water outage in Madison County Wednesday

    Scheduled water outage in Madison County Wednesday

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 10:50 AM EDT2017-03-28 14:50:43 GMT

    Per Madison County government:  Beginning at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Madison County will make system improvements in the northeast portion of the distribution system. These improvements require a temporary water outage for some of our customers and the work is scheduled for completion by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  The customers on the following roads will be affected: Cherry Tree Road; Poplar Ridge Road; Keel Hollow Road; Keel Drive and Wrightington Road....

    More >>

    Per Madison County government:  Beginning at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Madison County will make system improvements in the northeast portion of the distribution system. These improvements require a temporary water outage for some of our customers and the work is scheduled for completion by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  The customers on the following roads will be affected: Cherry Tree Road; Poplar Ridge Road; Keel Hollow Road; Keel Drive and Wrightington Road....

    More >>
  • Shooting Monday night in Fayetteville

    Shooting Monday night in Fayetteville

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 10:28 AM EDT2017-03-28 14:28:08 GMT
    Source: WAFFSource: WAFF

    WAFF has confirmed a shooting that happened Monday night in Fayetteville, Tenn. 

    More >>

    WAFF has confirmed a shooting that happened Monday night in Fayetteville, Tenn. 

    More >>
  • Redstone Arsenal holding emergency exercise on Tuesday

    Redstone Arsenal holding emergency exercise on Tuesday

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 8:37 AM EDT2017-03-28 12:37:18 GMT
    Scene from Redstoen Arsenal's 2016 Installation full-scale emergency exercise (Source: WAFF)Scene from Redstoen Arsenal's 2016 Installation full-scale emergency exercise (Source: WAFF)

    Redstone Arsenal is on track for this year's Installation full-scale emergency exercise. It's set to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

    More >>

    Redstone Arsenal is on track for this year's Installation full-scale emergency exercise. It's set to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly