ALABASTER, AL (WBRC) - A Shelby County grand jury has indicted a man in the murder of an Alabaster gas station clerk who was killed during a robbery in October.
Michael Anthony Powell, 43, is charged with capital murder in the death of Tracy Lattay Algar, a 54-year-old woman from Pelham.
Police say Powell robbed the Kirkland Chevron gas station, took Algar into a bathroom and shot her in the head sometime between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.
Powell is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail. His arraignment hearing is set for Dec. 5 at 8:30 a.m. in Judge Lara Alvis' courtroom.
Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney did not disclose the exact amount of money Powell is accused of stealing, but said it was not more than $200 to $300.
"This was a brutal crime. This is not something that we see here. Alabaster is one of the safest communities in the state of Alabama so we're not used to this here," Rigney said in a news conference.
"It hit us hard. Our citizens were in shock. It hurt. So we needed to get this solved and get this guy off the street quickly," he added.
The police chief said they don't know if Powell knew Algar, but said they believe he may have been to the gas station before.
Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Alabaster Police Department's tactical unit entered Powell's home around 5 a.m. Friday and took him into custody without incident.
Rigney said detectives were able to develop Powell as a suspect based partly on tips and information from residents. At this point, they do not believe anyone else was involved in Algar's murder.