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Jackson Co. man indicted for 1997 death of first wife

Barry Whitton was indicted for the 1997 murder of his first wife. (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office) Barry Whitton was indicted for the 1997 murder of his first wife. (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Michelle was found beaten and stabbed, buried in a shallow grave. (Source: WAFF file) Michelle was found beaten and stabbed, buried in a shallow grave. (Source: WAFF file)
The disappearance of Haleigh Culwell and Whitton's second wife, Kimberly, remains unsolved. (Source: WAFF file) The disappearance of Haleigh Culwell and Whitton's second wife, Kimberly, remains unsolved. (Source: WAFF file)
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Police believe they can finally close an 18-year-old murder case.

Court documents show a grand jury handed down an indictment against Barry Van Whitton in the death of his first wife, Michelle.

She disappeared in 1997, and was later found beaten and stabbed to death in DeKalb County.

Whitton told police Michelle went out for breakfast and never came back home.

Six weeks later, she was found beaten and stabbed to death and buried in a shallow grave.

Fast forward 10 years, to 2007. Whitton is re-married, and the same thing happens.

His second wife, Kimberly, and her young daughter, Haleigh Culwell, disappear.

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They have never been found, and that case is still unsolved.

But Whitton hasn't been walking around a free man. While police were searching for clues in the second wife's disappearance, they nabbed the convicted felon on weapons charges.

A jail cell recording helped investigators on those charges; in it, he bragged about murdering three people. He also talked about how to get rid of a body, and in some of the more disturbing recordings, he described skinning a body and feeding it to hogs.

He's now serving a 10-year prison sentence on those charges, and is currently in the Jackson County Jail.

Whitton has never admitted to murdering his first wife.

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