Deputies arrest, charge man with capital murder

Published: Dec. 25, 2021 at 9:46 AM CST
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - The Lawrence County Sheriffs Office says the subject of a manhunt has been arrested and charged with capital murder.

Timothy Dakota McCary, 21, was arrested Saturday night by investigators, according to the sheriff’s office. McCary was charged with capital murder after the shooting death of 20-year-old Gavin Ryan Hargrove.

Hargrove was the son of former Lawrence County District 5 Commissioner Joey Hargrove who passed away in a motorcycle crash back in March.

Hargrove’s body was discovered at a home belonging to McCary on Christmas Eve, according to authorities. The sheriff’s office says it received several tips to McCary’s location and worked tirelessly on Christmas day to follow up on those tips.

At 6 p.m. Christmas night, McCary was spotted near County Road 214 and Alabama Highway 33. Several agencies attempted to locate the man near County Road 501 but were unsuccessful.

At 9:30 p.m., a resident spotted McCary a mile away on County Road 240. As law enforcement began to converge on the scene, McCary tried to run on foot but was quickly apprehended, according to deputies.

Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders wants to thank the resident who gave them the tip leading to the man’s arrest.

At this point, investigators don’t know what prompted McCary to shoot Hargrove and the investigation is ongoing. Investigators say the two men were friends prior to the shooting.

McCary is currently being held at the Lawrence County Jail. He will appear in court Tuesday, December 28.

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