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Man indicted for murder

Published 7:01pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014

An Alexander City man will face trial on two counts of murder in the an April 2013 auto accident that claimed the life of Austin and Debra Gandy.
Richard Wesley Walls, 20, was indicted on two counts of murder by a Tallapoosa County Grand Jury in February. He was the alleged driver of a 2002 BMW that ran a stop sign at the intersection of Dobbs Road and Alabama Highway 63 North, striking the Gandys at a high rate of speed, according to police reports and the grand jury indictment.


The grand jury, in their indictment, found sufficient evidence that “in extreme indifference to human life” was the driver of the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and “(drove) his vehicle at a high rate of speed through a residential neighborhood and (failed) to stop at a stop sign.”
Walls will appear on murder charges in circuit criminal court in Alexander City Monday morning.
Walls was taken into custody at the scene of the accident.
Austin Gandy, 53, and Debra Gandy, 58, were active in the community and in youth sports. Their two younger daughters played varsity sports at Benjamin Russell High School.

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