This is so shocking! Former History Channel star Matthew Clate McDaniel has been charged with murder after hunters found the body of a man he allegedly slaughtered in cold blood in rural Alabama. Get the horrifying details below!
Former reality star, Matthew Clate McDaniel, 33, has been charged with the murder of 40-year-old Alabama construction worker Norman Deon Crayton, after hunters reportedly found his body dumped in the woods in rural Alabama. The victim, who lives in the small town of Jacksons Gap, was discovered with gunshot wounds, according to Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s office, just 24-hours after the two men were seen playing pool together at a local bar.
This is so crazy! Norman’s body was reportedly found on Sunday, Jan. 17 at approximately 4:43 a.m when the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s office received a call regarding a body being found by hunters in a wooded area off Barron’s Bridge Road located south of Dadeville, Ala., the Alexander City Outlook reports. The 40-year-old victim was reportedly seen playing pool with Matthew at Colonel Tom’s Tavern outside Dadeville before he was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds. Further investigation then lead to the arrest of the former reality star, who has since been charged with murder and remains in the Tallapoosa County Jail on a $250,000 bail.
At this time, Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett has refused to elaborate on a possible motive for the crime or offer any information on events that may have led to the shooting, although he did add that the two men both knew each other. “It’s too early in the investigation to get into any of that,” he told the Alexander City Outlook. “You have the basics and we’ll leave it at that.”
Matthew, the owner of Lakeside Excavation and Materials, is best known for his appearance on the 2012 History Channel reality show Bamazon. The Lake Martin native reportedly went by the name Clate McDaniel on the show, which featured eight out-of-work Alabama construction workers who embarked on a six week expedition to South America in search of lost gold in the Amazon.
The show’s website described the gold-digger as “a brilliant excavator, operator, and a jack-of-all trades, but he’s also a yoga-practicing, nature-lover–a California hippie.” Clate’s “eccentricities” reportedly caused some issues on the show however, as he was said to have “rubbed the other guys the wrong way” on more than one occasion. “They [his cast mates] tolerate him though because he’s so good at what he does. But when his maverick ways lead him to butt heads with bossman Tim Evans, things get explosive.” Matthew reportedly left the show midway through the first series when the team managed to recover just $17,000 world of gold – split seven ways.
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