Teen, 2 others officially charged in connection to Rainbow City homicide

Teen, 2 others officially charged in connection to Rainbow City homicide
L-R: Jason Howard Mayes and Shawn Trey Sammy Jackson. (Source: Etowah Co. Jail)
L-R: Jason Howard Mayes and Shawn Trey Sammy Jackson. (Source: Etowah Co. Jail)

RAINBOW CITY, AL (WBRC) - A teen and two other men face various charges after a Rainbow City man was found shot to death.

Police say Tony McCartney, 50, was found in his bed with a gunshot wound to his head Nov. 6.

Hunter Bellew, 18, was taken into custody Nov. 7 and has been officially charged with capital murder, according to Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathan Horton.

Jason Howard Mayes, 37, of Gadsden and Shawn Trey Sammy Jackson, 19, of Gadsden are both charged with attempting to elude and receiving stolen property.

Horton says investigators found the murder weapon in the vehicle Mayes and Jackson were driving. Horton says they are being held on a bond of $10,000 each.

Horton said police officers found McCartney's body after being called to his house at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, by someone requesting the police check on him.

Before finding McCartney his bed, Horton says police found all the windows open, a screen taken out and a table pushed close to the window where the screen was missing. They also found the door unlocked. One of McCartney's pickup trucks has been found wrecked in a corner of his yard, and another one was missing.

The home on Riddles Bend Road is a short distance from Rainbow City Fire Station #2, where Horton said a 15-year-old girl arrived and called her mother to take her home.

She told firefighters she was with 18-year-old Hunter Bellew.

"She described the area that she had last seen him in," Horton said. "She felt uncomfortable with him, he was acting erratic, and not really normal to her. "

Horton said her description of the area fit that of the part of Riddles Bend Road, where McCartney lived alone in a home located on 50 acres of land.

He says officers actually went to the residence to knock on the door around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, but didn't see anything out of the ordinary. Horton said officers did see the wrecked truck but didn't notice it was wrecked.

Horton says the discovery of McCartney's body, the story given to them by the 15-year-old, and the notes the officers took at the home all led them to seek out Bellew as suspect.

Eventually, police also located McCartney's stolen Toyota pickup, a possible murder weapon, and two other stolen guns.

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