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Athens man arraigned on murder charges

FLORENCE — An Athens man was arraigned in Lauderdale County Circuit Court on Tuesday for capital murder in the death of a Florence man, and one of his attorneys said a Tanner man has been indicted in connection with the crime.

The TimesDaily reported that during the hearing, Decatur defense attorney John Mays was disqualified from representing Emerson Gatewood, 36, for the January 2005 home invasion and slaying of Purunta Turner, 29.

That's because Mays has represented Kelvin "Blue" Hines. Mays said a grand jury has indicted Hines for capital murder in connection with the same case. Mays said Hines is in federal prison on drug charges and the indictment has not been served.

In 2005, the Limestone County Sheriff's Department and federal authorities arrested Hines after a two-year investigation. Sheriff Mike Blakely said Hines headed a drug network that was bringing cocaine into Limestone County from border areas in Texas.

- Holly Hollman

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