A former History Channel reality TV star has been charged with murder after hunters found the body of a man dumped in the woods of rural Alabama.
According to Daily Mail, Matthew Clate McDaniel once starred on the reality TV show Bamazon, which aired in 2012 and profiled redneck gold miners. The 33 year-old was arrested on Monday for the murder of 40 year-old Norman Deon Crayton, who was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds.
McDaniel starred on the reality show as a heavy machine operator who traveled to Guyana, South America with several other unemployed Alabama construction workers as they came together to go on a quest for gold. Clearly, his life has taken a major turn for the worse since then.
“On Sunday, January 17, 2016, at approximately 4.43am, the department received a call regarding a body being found by hunters in a wooded area off Barron’s Bridge Road located south of Dadeville,” Sheriff Jimmy Abbett told the Alex City Outlook.
“Upon arriving on the scene the body was identified as Norman Deon Crayton, age 40, of Jacksons Gap. The initial investigation revealed the victim has sustained gunshot wounds that caused his death,” Abbett added. “Further investigation lead to the arrest of McDaniel, McDaniel has been charged with murder and remains in the Tallapoosa County Jail.”
Abbott said that the two men did know each other, but he has not yet revealed the motive for the crime. McDaniel is currently being held at the Tallapoosa County Jail on $250,000 bail.