Piedmont man charged with murder in 2009 cold case

Piedmont man charged with murder in 2009 cold case

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Jimmy Ray Steed (right) has been indicted with the murder of Carla Fuqua (left). Source: Family photo/Calhoun County Jail Jimmy Ray Steed (right) has been indicted with the murder of Carla Fuqua (left). Source: Family photo/Calhoun County Jail
Carla Fuqua went missing in 2009. Her remains were found in December 2012. Source: Family-released photo Carla Fuqua went missing in 2009. Her remains were found in December 2012. Source: Family-released photo
Jimmy Steed is currently in custody of the Calhoun County Jail for manufacturing meth. Source: WBRC video Jimmy Steed is currently in custody of the Calhoun County Jail for manufacturing meth. Source: WBRC video
Steed is also a suspect in the missing persons cases of Patrick Burrows and Jeffery Scott McFry. Source: WBRC video Steed is also a suspect in the missing persons cases of Patrick Burrows and Jeffery Scott McFry. Source: WBRC video
Steed is also a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Karen Steed. Source: WBRC video Steed is also a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Karen Steed. Source: WBRC video
PIEDMONT, AL (WBRC) -

Calhoun County officials announced a major development in the murder of 28-year-old Carla Fuqua of Piedmont.

Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said Jimmy Ray Steed was indicted by a grand jury for Fuqua's murder. Fuqua went missing in 2009 and her body was found in December 2012 in a wooded area of Highway 21 south of Piedmont.

Steed, also from Piedmont, is already in custody of the Calhoun County jail on several charges of manufacturing meth after officials found 15 meth labs in his home, which caught on fire after he was jailed.

In today's conference, Sheriff Amerson said he couldn't talk about the evidence in the Fuqua murder case, but said they received several tips after Fuqua disappeared. Amerson noted that Fuqua knew Jimmy Steed.

Amerson said Steed is also a suspect in three missing persons cases in Piedmont: his wife, Karen Steed, Patrick Burrows and Jeffrey McFry. Karen Steed and Patrick Burrows both went missing in the same geographical area, the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office said on their Facebook page.

Steed has not been charged in any of the missing persons cases, but Sheriff Amerson said he is pleased to have the indictment against Steed in Fuqua's murder case.

Fuqua's family says they do not have closure today. Her mother, Darlene Cook, said she doesn't believe Steed acted alone.

"I'm happy that they got him. I feel like there's more. If they had them all, maybe I would feel better," Cook said.

Calhoun County's DA says there is "direct evidence" against Steed in this case as well as circumstantial evidence. Steed will remain in the Calhoun County Jail until his court date.

In the meantime, the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help with any information in the disappearances of Karen Steed, Patrick Burrows and Jeffrey McFry. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

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