March 5, 2021

Alabama double murder suspect reportedly commits suicide in jail cell

An Alabama man accused of murdering two people and severely wounding another has died by suicide.

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick told news outlets that 30-year-old Matthew LeWayne Clayton died Tuesday at the hospital after a suicide attempt in his cell over the weekend.

Sheriff Matt Gentry said last week 76-year-old Thomas Frank DeWille and 75-year-old Rollan Frank Edwards were found dead with fatal knife and gunshot wounds.

Forty-eight-year-old Jody Jay Tudor was found with similar wounds and was later hospitalized. His condition is unclear.

Gentry says the attack seemed to stem from a past dispute.

He says the victims all lived together near Clayton, who was arrested near Interstate 65 after crashing his car.

Al.Com says DeWille was a concert pyrotechnics innovator who worked with Kiss and Bon Jovi.