- Cullman, Alabama

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January 21, 2014

Two men charged in murder of elderly Cullman man

CULLMAN — Two Cullman residents have been formally charged with the murder of an elderly Cullman man who was found slain in his home on St. Joseph Drive on Dec. 19, 2013.

John Edward Cole, 31, of Cullman, was charged with murder and four counts of burglary in the first degree. Robert Espy Jr., 34, of Vinemont, was charged with murder, four counts of burglary first degree, and theft of property first degree.

Cole is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center on a $200,000 cash bond, while Espy is being held on a $75,000 cash bond. 

The Sheriff’s office reported that the investigation is ongoing as they are still trying to recover additional physical evidence related to the murder.

Fredrick William Galin, 71, was found murdered in his home on Dec.19. Officials believe he was killed on Dec.16.

The two men were charged with theft and burglary in connection to the murder case on Friday, Jan.17. Cole was initially charged with the theft of a 1966 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport stolen from the victim’s residence. Investigators believe the vehicle was stolen on Dec. 16, the same date of Galin’s death.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

%Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137. 


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