- Cullman, Alabama

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June 12, 2014

Authorities recover weapon believe used in December beating death

CULLMAN — Authorities have found what they believe is the weapon used in the December beating death of an elderly Cullman man.

Members of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered a wrench in Lake George before noon today.

Chief Deputy Max Bartlett said investigators had been searching for months in Lake George for the tool.

Frederick William Galin, 71, of Cullman, was found dead in his St. Jospeh Drive home Dec. 16. Investigators said the victim died from blunt-force trauma.

John Edward Cole, 31, and John Espy Jr., 34, both of Cullman County, have been charged in connection with the crime.

Cole is charged with capital murder, burglary first degree and receiving stolen property. Espy is charged with murder, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property, hindering prosection and theft of property.

The theft charges stem from a 1966 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport that was missing from Galin’s property.

Galin, according to Sheriff Mike Rainey during the opening stages of the investigation, suffered blunt-force trauma to his upper body.


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