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Arley man charged with murder and arson after Winston Co. house fire

Caleb Scott Farley has been charged with murder and first-degree arson.
Caleb Scott Farley has been charged with murder and first-degree arson.(25th District Attorney's Criminal Investigation Division)
Updated: Dec. 30, 2020 at 10:07 AM CST
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WINSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Authorities have made an arrest after investigating a house fire in the 5900 block of Helicon Road in Arley on December 19.

Caleb Scott Farley has been arrested and charged with first-degree arson and the murder of David Brian Hayes.

Farley is being held in the Winston County Jail on a total bond of $250,000.

David Brian Farley was killed on December 19. Caleb Farley has been charged with murder.
David Brian Farley was killed on December 19. Caleb Farley has been charged with murder.(Rita Hopper)

“I commend the investigators for their tireless work put into this case to bring the suspect to answer to the allegations. All the men and women involved in this investigation put in an extraordinary amount of time and effort over the holiday period to make the arrest and bring the suspect to the judicial system to answer for the alleged actions” said District Attorney Scott Slatton.

“I want to send a special thanks to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Agents from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Winfield Police Department, 24th District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division and Fayette County Sheriff’s Department who sent manpower to assist in this investigation. Without their help we could very well still be looking at an unsolved crime,” Slatton continued.

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