Two suspects are in custody facing murder charges after a Monday killing in Goodwater.
Capt. Tom Herman of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation confirmed Tuesday that 26-year-old Ladaniel Martel Tuck of Goodwater and 25-year-old Latoni Althea Daniel of Alexander City have been charged in connection with the shooting death of Thomas V. Chandler of Goodwater. Sources say Chandler was 87 years old.
Herman said that SBI was called in by Goodwater Police Department Chief Gerald Whetstone late Monday afternoon to assist in the murder investigation. Chandler’s body was found in area off Coosa County Road 7 Monday.
“This is still an active investigation,” Herman said. “So at this time there are certain details that we can’t release at this time. But these arrests are the result of good solid police work and a cooperative effort from several different agencies.
“Our agency, along with the Goodwater Police, the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office and Alexander City Police all assisted and helped develop evidence that led us to the arrest of these two individuals on murder charges.”
Both Daniel and Tuck remain in custody in the Coosa County Jail. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, no bond had been set.
Court records show that Tuck is no stranger to law enforcement. There are records of 11 different charges in his history. The charges range from attempted murder, to armed robbery, drug possession and gang affiliation. Records show the last of those charges came in 2010 and there were no convictions registered in any of those cases.
Daniel had one previous arrest on theft by receiving charges, but was not indicted by a grand jury.
Chandler, the victim in the case, has no arrests in his Alabama criminal history.