Justin Dawayne Hamilton, 19, of Chelsea and Demarcus James Samuels, 18, had their initial court appearances Friday morning before Circuit Judge Julian King, who ordered both defendants held without bond.
According to Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens, both men were charged with murder during the commission of a robbery in the first degree. No further details of the alleged crime were unavailable Friday.
The body of the victim, Timothy McGlothlin, 19, of Shelby County, was discovered by a Talladega County road crew March 12 on the 3000 block of Sycamore Cemetery Road in Sycamore. McGlothlin was last seen March 5, and was reported missing March 7.
Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore said his investigators and investigators with the DA’s office “did a great job” handling the case. Det. Josh Tubbs is the lead investigator.
In addition to the sheriff’s office and the DA’s office, Kilgore also thanked the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Panama City, Fla. Police Department. A vehicle related to the alleged crime was located in Panama City, Kilgore said.
The arrest warrants were issued Wednesday, and the two men were arrested Thursday, Kilgore said.
According to Giddens, the next step will be a preliminary appearance before District Judge Ryan Rumsey in Sylacauga. Rumsey will make a determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence for the case to be bound over to a grand jury.
Giddens said the preliminary appearance would be sometime in July or August, but could not be more specific.
A conviction for capital murder carries a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.
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