Three suspects are now charged with capital murder in connection with the death of David Hayes, 53, of Holly Pond, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey.
Matthew Thrasher, 33, of Hayden, and Stephanie Diane Underwood, 30, of Cullman, have waived extradition from Wisconsin to Blount County after being issued warrants of capital murder during the course of robbery. Christopher Jones, 32, of Hayden, who is currently in the Blount County Correctional Facility, is charged with capital murder during the course of robbery.
Hayes died on Christmas Day, according to Casey. He was reported missing on Jan. 4 by a relative after he had not been seen since Christmas Eve. His body was recovered last week in a wooded area off Buck Ridge Road on Pine Mountain.
Sources say Thrasher and Underwood were arrested in Kenosha on Jan. 13 in relation to a shoplifting incident. The vehicle the duo was driving was registered to Hayes. Upon further investigation,“brown-reddish stains” were found in the vehicle.
During questioning of Thrasher and Underwood, it was revealed Hayes had been either injured or killed at Jones’s residence. In his house, blood was found in the living room and in the hallway leading to the door, according to sources. Additionally, the possible weapon used was found outside the home.
Initial information suggests Hayes was struck with a “stick-like” object or a bat and suffered blunt force injuries to the head, Casey said.
As of now, Thrasher and Underwood are charged with first-degree theft of property in relation to Hayes’s stolen 2001 Chrysler Sebring.
Jones is now being held without bond, and Casey says once Thrasher and Underwood arrive in Blount County, they will be charged, placed in the Blount County Correctional Facility, and also will be held with no bond.