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ONEONTA - AL -

Three people were arrested and charged in the death of a Blount county man earlier this month. 

Donald Clayton Whited, 66, died Jan. 13 in a fire at his home in the 3900 block of Ebell Road. Following a preliminary investigation, the Alabama State Fire Marshal and members of the ATF ruled the fatal blaze as arson.  An autopsy was performed on Whited's body, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide, although authorities have not released the cause.

Kenneth Owen Whited, 58, of Oneonta, was charged with solicitation to commit capital murder.  He posted a $150,000 property bond and was released from the Blount County Correctional Facility.

Jimmy Lane Maxwell, 58, of Oneonta, was charged with conspiracy to commit capital murder.  His bond is set at $150,000.  He is currently in the Blount County Correctional Facility.

Pamela Ellen Rains, 54, of Oneonta, was charged with hindering prosecution.  Her bond is set at $80,000.  She is currently in the Blount County Correctional Facility.

District Attorney Pamela Casey said the cases will be presented to a grand jury.  More charges are expected, however, the DA would not comment further.

 

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