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Arson suspect may be involved in murder

August 4, 2005

Albany-- A dispute over cattle in Mitchell County may have led to murder five years ago. Details are being revealed in a federal hearing in Albany, involving a man accused in a federal arson case in Seminole County.

Initially, 37-year-old Marty Harrell was charged in an arson case at the Ramada Inn in Donalsonville three years ago. He was indicted and arrested July 22nd, but there were two new criminal complaints filed Wednesday.

In one, Harrell’s father Don Harrell, is accused of intimidating witnesses in his son's arson case. The elder Harrell was arrested Wednesday night in Grady County and appeared before a federal judge in Albany Thursday.

But it's the other complaint filed against his son, Marty Harrell that's brought to light a whole new case. Prosecutors maintain that Marty Harrell got into a dispute with Bill Chandler over a cattle deal in May of 2000.

They say Harrell was so upset, he sent two men to chandler's house to threaten him with a gun in august of 2000.

One of those men, Bobby Powell, hasn't been seen since, and prosecutors say that Marty Harrell killed Powell to keep him quiet.

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