On April 26, 1995 Two unknown teenagers at the time were picking leaves for a leaf collection. The two teens would then discover the body of Christopher Alvin Dailey, age 26, lying 25 yards away from George Russle road near an abandoned logging road, the teens would then notify nearby utility workers who then called Decature, Alabama police.
Once authorities arrived to the Jones lake area of George Russel Road, an investigation determined that Dailey had died from a single gunshot wound, ruling his death a homicide. Despite an extensive investigation, authorities were unable to find any evidence leading to a suspect in Dailey’s murder.
The case would grow cold for 25 years until a man diagnosed with terminal lung cancer called Decatur police department confessing to the murder. Johnny Dwight Whited, 53 of Trinity Alabama told police that he wanted to “lift a weight from his chest”, and that he was ready to “meet his maker”.
Although skeptical at first, police would hear his confession and after Whited had provided details that matched evidence and information about Dailey’s death, Whited was charged with murder and currently sits in jail on a $15,000 bail. Its still not known as to what exactly prompted Dailey’s confession, or how exactly he knew the victim. Hopefully as this moves to trial investigators may shed some light into the details of this now solved 1995 Alabama cold case.
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