Indictments Announced by Alabama Attorney General in Connection with Eric Cates’ Death in 2015

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall recently made a significant announcement regarding the 2015 death of Eric Cates in Walker County. The Attorney General revealed that Joshua Franklin Hill, 35, and Luke Williams, Jr., 34, both residents of Walker County, have been indicted and charged with Capital Murder. This development comes after an extensive investigation into the tragic incident that shook the local community almost ten years ago.

In October of last year, Hill and Styles, both from Walker County, were indicted for murder. However, the recent indictments served on May 15, 2024, have now elevated the charges against Hill and added Williams as a co-defendant.

The Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Division and Criminal Trials Divisions presented the evidence to a grand jury in Walker County, leading to the indictments. The Sumiton Police Department and former agents from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office collaborated in this effort. The investigation received crucial assistance from Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.

Attorney General Marshall emphasized the commitment and collaboration among the different law enforcement agencies engaged in this lengthy and intricate case. “Ensuring justice for Eric Cates and his family has been our top priority, and these indictments signify a significant stride forward,” he declared.

If Hill and Williams are found guilty of Capital Murder, they could face harsh consequences, such as life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or even the death penalty.

The investigation is still ongoing, so no additional information about the case or the alleged crimes of the defendants has been disclosed at this point. It is important to note that the Attorney General’s office stresses that both defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The community remains vigilant as they closely follow the ongoing legal proceedings, with a collective hope that justice will finally be served for Eric Cates and his faithful companion, Gypsy.

Alabama Attorney General Announces Indictments in 2015 Death of Eric Cates

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