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Federal investigators take over Madison Co. murder case

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4 men were charged with the murder of Mario Patton. (Source: Metro Jail) 4 men were charged with the murder of Mario Patton. (Source: Metro Jail)
Patton was found beaten and strangled in TN. (Source: Facebook) Patton was found beaten and strangled in TN. (Source: Facebook)
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Four murder suspects showed up to their arraignment Thursday morning, only to discover their case has been taken to the federal level. 

Timothy Smith, Robert Davis, Jamie Kelly and Savontae Shoulders were charged with the murder of Marlo Patton of Huntsville. Marlo was beaten and strangled in Madison county in 2012. His body was dumped in Lincoln County Tennessee.

Madison County District Attorney Shauna Barnett said federal investigators requested the case because they have different statutes, rules and sentencing laws. If the case is not indicted on the federal level, it will go back to the state.

The change came down just an hour and a half before the hearing was set to start. Shoulders' attorney, Brian Clark, said his client was not even aware of the change until he called him.

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