Cedric Thomas White, 36, was charged with murder and placed in the Talladega County Jail. Bond was set at $25,000 during an initial appearance before District Judge Jeb Fannin.
“I cannot stress enough the tireless effort by our department over the past week, and the impact their efforts both individually and collectively have made on this investigation,” Police Chief Chris Carden said in a press release. “I am so very proud of the investigators and the hard work they put into representing the victim in this case, along with his family, friends and the Sylacauga community.”
The homicide occurred Dec. 29 at about 6 p.m. at 600 Morris Ave., where Fednanders lived. Upon arrival, police found the victim unresponsive on the front porch. Fednanders was immediately transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. by Talladega County Assistant Coroner Larry Seals. His death was the result of assault with an edged weapon, police said.
Ronald Tyler, who lives two houses down from Fednanders, previously said neighbors heard Fednanders yelling from his porch and attempted to help. Fednanders was bleeding excessively and appeared to have two deep cuts down the left side of his face and neck, Tyler said.
“They cut him up pretty good,” he said, gesturing from the corner of his eye to the bottom of his neck.
Fednanders soon stopped breathing and lost his pulse, Tyler said, at which time police rolled him to his back and performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.
Tyler said Fednanders, who was a member of Unity Free Will Baptist Church, was always willing to help.
“I don’t know why they would do something like that, because that man has never done anything but help folks,” he said. “If you needed something, he’d help you.”
Fednanders was buried Friday in Macedonia Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Dolly Morris, four daughters, two sons and a host of other relatives.
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