Christopher Madison, the Alabama man accused of strangling to dying eleven-year-antique Amberly Barnett, pretended to help search for the woman after she changed into stated lacking, courtroom testimony revealed.
On the night Barnett become pronounced missing, Madison claimed he had searched a wooded area in the back of his DeKalb County domestic without finding any sign of the missing lady, an investigator testified. But hours later, on the morning of March 2, the DeKalb County sheriff’s workplace observed Barnett’s strangled body lying in the woods with a blue rope round her neck.
Madison, 33, is charged with capital homicide in Barnett’s slaying. He appeared in DeKalb County District Court for an initial listening to on Monday afternoon. Judge Steven Whitmire ruled prosecutors have probably reason for the capital murder case.
Barnett is from Georgia. However, she has been residing with her aunt and aunt’s boyfriend in the Mount Vernon community of DeKalb County since this beyond summer. Madison lived with his female friend in the cellular home next door on County Road 822. Madison’s girlfriend and the boyfriend of Barnett’s aunt are siblings.
On the night of March 1, Barnett stayed home alone at the same time as her aunt and aunt’s boyfriend went buying, Investigator Davis testified. When the circle of relatives lower back, Barnett changed into missing. The sheriff’s office became called to the scene round 7:30 p.M.
Madison claimed he saw a darkish Dodge Durango pull into the driveway at Barnett’s home. But Davis testified that associates in no way noticed the automobile and other proof contradicted Madison’s tale about the SUV.
When authorities had been looking for Barnett, Madison claimed he already checked the woods behind his home without finding the woman, Davis testified. It changed into dark out of doors, and sheriff’s deputies didn’t find Barnett’s body all through searches that night. Around 6:30 the following morning, the government located her body.
On a tree within the woods, investigators found a long blonde hair, Davis testified. Nearby, in what regarded to be a path in which the frame become dragged, authorities observed a sock that changed into believed to be Barnett’s, Davis testified. The girl becomes carrying handiest one hose after they watched her useless.
Inside Madison’s domestic, Davis testified, investigators located a bloodied pair of his jeans inside the dryer. There turned into blood within the lavatory sink and on the walls, mattress, mattress body and a sheet of paper in a bedroom.
Authorities haven’t stated why they consider Madison killed Barnett. Madison had an “interest in bondage,” Davis testified, mentioning Madison’s female friend and kids. Inside Madison’s home, investigators observed a clamp and a bolt in the floor that allegedly has been used previously as a part of his “hobby in bondage.” Davis didn’t offer in addition to details about the bondage. Investigators and DeKalb County Chief Deputy District Attorney Bob Johnston left the court without granting interviews to contributors of the news media.
When police showed Madison’s lady friend an image of the blue rope that became located around Barnett’s neck, the girl stated the cord had been inside their quiet the day earlier than, in step with Davis’ testimony. Another piece of blue rope become found wrapped around a knife in the outside of Madison’s domestic, Davis testified. In interviews with investigators, Madison admitted the knife changed into his.