Rainsville Man Arrested On A Murder Charge

A Rainsville man was arrested on Monday and booked into the DeKalb County Jail on a charge of Murder.

22 year old Robert Hairell was booked in at 5:51 p.m. after being arrested by Fort Payne Police. He is being held on a $75,000 bond, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office official website.

According to Fort Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum, these charges stem from a vehicle accident that resulted in the death of Barbara Appleton Burgess, age 77 of Fort Payne. The accident occurred May 28, 2019 at the intersection of Alabama Avenue NW and 13th Street N.

This accident was investigated by the Fort Payne Police Department and the Alabama Department of Forensic Science. Fort Payne Police Investigators Andy Hairston and Mike Grant collected the evidence and it was turned over to the DeKalb County District Attorneys Office who presented it to the grand jury.

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